April 2013

Generals Interview (Abraham Almonte)

My interview today is with Jackson outfielder Abe Almonte who hit for the first cycle in franchise history on Saturday night in Chattanooga. He said this was one of his first English interviews, but he did a really good job. Listen to the full audio below.

Also, re-live the moment when Almonte hit the double in the top of the ninth inning.

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Generals Update (Monday, April 29)

IMG_20130426_154648_553View from top LF bleachers at AT&T Field in Chattanooga.

Game #24/25: Jackson Generals (SEA) (10-13) at Chattanooga Lookouts (LAD) (10-13)
Site: AT&T Field, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Time: 4:15 p.m. CST Doubleheader
Pitching Match-up:
Game 1: RHP Chance Ruffin (1-0, 3.00) vs. LHP Rob Rasmussen (1-2, 4.18)
Game 2: LHP Anthony Fernandez (0-0, –) vs. LHP Onelki Garcia (0-2, 4.11)
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 4:00) /  GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App.
Online TV: None
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Archived Generals Interviews: Generals YouTube
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
Social Media: Twitter / Facebook

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Game One Starting Lineup

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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (10-13) wrap up the five-game series (2-1) in Chattanooga, with a doubleheader at AT&T Field. This is the second twin bill of the season and Jackson is 1-1 in seven inning games this season. RHP Chance Ruffin will make his fifth start of the season in game one and LHP Anthony Fernandez will make his season debut starting in the second game.

YOU ALREADY KNOW…that Abraham Almonte became the first Jackson player to hit for a cycle in a game in franchise history But, DID YOU KNOW?…that 2009-2010 Jackson infielder Carlos Triunfel hit for the cycle for Triple-A Tacoma on April 17th against Fresno. That cycle was the first for a Tacoma player since Raul Ibanez did in 1997.

GENERALS RECAP: CF/RF Abraham Almonte (4×5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI) finished off a 4-hit night Saturday with a double in the top of the 9th making him the first player in Jackson franchise history to hit for the cycle. 1B Steven Proscia (3×5, 3 R, 3B), LF Leon Landry (2×4, R, 2B, RBI, 2 BB), SS Brad Miller (2×5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI) and DH James Jones (2×5, R, RBI) each recorded 2 of the Generals 17 hits. Starter Roenis Elias (6.0,4,1,1,3,6) recorded his first AA win, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and striking out 6 in 6.0 innings. RH Moises Hernandez (2.0,1,0,0,0,2) and LH Kyle Hunter (1.0,1,0,0,0,2) combined to strikeout 4 batters in 3.0 scoreless innings in relief to secure the win.

HITTING FOR THE CYCLE: Abraham Almonte (4×5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI) completed the cycle on Saturday night at Chattanooga. It was the first cycle in Jackson franchise history, dating back to 1998, when the Generals were known as the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx. But it was the 2nd cycle in 10 days for a Mariners prospect after Carlos Triunfel accomplished the feat for Triple-A Tacoma on April 17. Almonte hit a solo homer in in the third inning, a bases-loaded triple in the 4th inning, and singled in the 5th and got his 4th RBI of the evening. After being called out on strikes in the 6th inning, Almonte lined a 2-2 pitch to right field for a double to complete the cycle.

WHO’S HOT: RHP Taijuan Walker has allowed only 1 earned run in his last 4 starts (5 R), loweing his season ERA from 7.20 to 1.55. Overall this season, he is 2-2 with a 1.55 ERA (5 ER, 29.0 IP) in 5 starts. He has limited opponents to a .150 (15×100) average, while walking 18 and striking out 32.
• C John Hicks has hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games, batting .350 (14×40) with 6 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 triple and 4 RBI.
• INF Brad Miller has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 games, batting .321 (9×28) with 5 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 4 RBI.
• OF Leon Landry has hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games, batting .310 (13×42) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 5 RBI.
• INF Steven Proscia has hit safely in his last 4 games, batting .438 (7×16) with 7 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 triple, home run and 1 RBI.

NORTHERN EXPOSURE: After facing South Division opponents during the first 20 games of the season, Jackson is now in the midst of playing 20 of 25 games against fellow Northern Division foes.

START ME UP: The Generals’ starting rotation currently leads the SL with a 2.04 ERA. As a whole, Jackson’s pitching staff has a league-best 2.84 ERA through the first 23 games.

CLOSE CALLS: So far this season, 13 of the Generals first 23 games have been decided by one run. Jackson is 4-9 in those games. Jackson is also 2-2 in extra inning games this season.

Generals Update (Sunday, April 28)

Photo of The Day: Lookouts grounds crew remove tarp on Saturday. Jackson was rained out on Sunday.
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Generals Update (Saturday, April 27)

Photo of the Day: A view of the Tennessee River and Downtown Chattanooga Aquarium from the top of AT&T Field.
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Game #23: Jackson Generals (SEA) (9-12) at Chattanooga Lookouts (LAD) (9-12)
Site: AT&T Field, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Time: 5:15 p.m. CST Conclusion of Suspended Game tied 4-4 in bottom of 8th
Pitching Match-up: LHP Roenis Elias (0-2, 3.28) vs. RHP Andres Santiago (2-1, 1.17)
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 5:05) /  GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App.
Online TV: None
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Archived Generals Interviews: Generals YouTube
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
Social Media: Twitter / Facebook

Generals Roster | 2012 Regular Season Statistics | SL Standings | SL Leaders | Generals PromotionsMLB Game Notes | Mariners Roster | MLB Standings

Generals Interview – Taijuan Walker

Tonight’s Pregame interview is with Jackson right-hander Taijuan Walker. Listen to the full interview below.

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Taijuan Walker

Game Central (Friday, April 26)

Photo of the Day: Press Box View from AT&T Field in Chattanooga
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Game #22:
Jackson Generals (SEA) (9-12) at Chattanooga Lookouts (LAD) (9-12)
Site: AT&T Field, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Time: 6:15 p.m. CST
Pitching Match-up:
RHP Brett Shankin (1-1, 3.57) vs. LHP Chris Reed (1-1, 3.13)
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 6:00) /  GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App.
Online TV: None
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Archived Generals Interviews: Generals YouTube
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
Social Media: Twitter / Facebook

Generals Roster | 2012 Regular Season Statistics | SL Standings | SL Leaders | Generals PromotionsMLB Game Notes | Mariners Roster | MLB Standings

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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (9-12) continue the five-game series tonight (1-0) in Chattanooga, TN against the Dodgers AA affiliate Chattanooga Lookouts (9-12) at AT&T Field. 23-year-old righty Brett Shankin makes his third Generals start.. Shankin will be making his 29th career start as he is 10-10, with a 5.25 ERA over his first 2+ pro seasons. Shankin was 1-1, with a 2.61 ERA for A+ High Desert this season before being transferred to Jackson.

YOU ALREADY KNOW…that Jackson starter Taijuan Walker is T-1st in the Southern League with 32 strikeouts But, DID YOU KNOW?…that Walker ranks 1st in the SL in opponents AVG (.150), 2nd in IP (29.0) and 9th in ERA (1.55).

GENERALS RECAP: The Generals scored 3 runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings as Jackson defeated Chattanooga 6-2 on Thursday night. Starter Taijuan Walker (7.0,2,1,1,4,7) recorded his 2nd win of the season, allowing 1 run on 2 hits and striking out 7 in 7.0 innings. RH Stephen Kohlscheen (1.0,1,0,0,0,3) struck out 3 in the 8th inning, while RH Carson Smith (1.0,1,1,1,0,1, WP) allowed 1 run before securing the victory in the 9th inning. RF James Jones (2×4, 2 R, 3B, 2 RBI) and C John Hicks (1×4, R, 2B, 2 RBI) each led the team with 2 RBI, while 2B Jack Marder (1×3, RBI, BB) and DH Abraham Almonte (0x2, RBI, 2 BB) each knocked in a run for Jackson.

Yesterday’s Radio Highlights:

WHO’S HOT: RHP Taijuan Walker has allowed only 1 earned run in his last 4 starts (5 R), loweing his season ERA from 7.20 to 1.55. Overall this season, he is 2-2 with a 1.55 ERA (5 ER, 29.0 IP) in 5 starts. He has limited opponents to a .150 (15×100) average, while walking 18 and striking out 32.
• C John Hicks currently has an 8-game hit streak with 5 multi-hit contests. During his hit streak he is batting .394 (13×33) with 5 runs scored and 2 doubles and 2 RBI.
• INF Brad Miller currently has a 5-game hit streak, batting .318 (7×22) with 3 runs scored, 2 doubles and 2 RBI.
• LH James Gillheeney is 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA (4 ER, 22.1) IP in his first 4 starts this season. He has limited opponents to a .207 (17×82), while walking 8 and striking out 8 in 22.1 innings.

STREAK ENDER: The Generals held Chattanooga CF Joc Pederson to an 0x2 night last night ending his Southern League leading 17-game hitting streak. Now Jackson C John Hicks holds the longest active streak in the league at 7 games.

NORTHERN EXPOSURE: After facing South Division opponents during the first 20 games of the season, Jackson is now in the midst of playing 20 of 25 games against fellow Northern Division foes.

START ME UP: The Generals’ starting rotation currently leads the SL with a 1.90 ERA. As a whole, Jackson’s pitching staff has a league-best 2.90 ERA through the first 21 games.

CLOSE CALLS: So far this season, 12 of the Generals first 21 games have been decided by one run. Jackson is 4-8 in those games. Jackson is also 2-2 in extra inning games this season.

Game Central (Thursday, April 25)

On the road again…
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Game #21: Jackson Generals (SEA) (8-12) at Chattanooga Lookouts (LAD) (9-11)
Site: AT&T Field, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Time: 6:15 p.m. CST
Pitching Match-up:
RHP Taijuan Walker (1-2, 1.64) vs. RHP Zach Lee (2-0, 1.17)
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 6:00) /  GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App.
Online TV: None
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Archived Generals Interviews: Generals YouTube
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
Social Media: Twitter / Facebook

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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (8-12) open a five-game road series tonight in Chattanooga, TN against the Lookouts (LAD). This is a rematch of last years SL North Division Series that Jackson took 3-1. Jackson was 9-7 last year during the regular season against Chattanooga. 20-year-old righty Taijuan Walker makes his fifth start of the season tonight. Walker is making his 48th career start and 30th for Jackson. Walker was 0-2, with a 8.04 ERA against the Lookouts last season in three starts.

YOU ALREADY KNOW…that Jackson starter James Gillheeney took a no decision in yesterday’s 8-4 loss to Pensacola But, DID YOU KNOW?…that Gillheeney has made three quality starts this season and ranks 6th in the SL in ERA (1.21),

GENERALS RECAP: After taking an early 2-0 lead, the Generals  fell in the rubber match of the series to Pensacola 8-4 on a cold and wet Wednesday. SS Gabriel Noriega (2-4, 2RBIs) plated RF Abraham Almonte (1-3, R) in the first and DH Brad Miller (1-3, RBI) singled 2B Jack Marder (1-4, R) in during secondA half inning later, the Wahoos responded by pushing three runs across the plate to take the lead 3-2. In the sixth, 1B Steven Proscia (1-3, HR) launched a home run to tie the game at 3-3 after six. Generals’ LHP James Gillheeney (ND, 6.0, 2-0,3,3,1,3,3,0) added a quality start for Jackson on the mound and pick up a no decision. RHP Moises Hernandez (L, 0-2, 0.1,3,4,4,1,0,0) relieved Gillheeney in the seventh and suffered the loss, allowing four of the five runs that inning.

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Taijuan Walker

WHO’S HOT: RHP Taijuan Walker has not allowed an earned run in his last 3 starts (4 R), loweing his season ERA from 7.20 to 1.64. Overall this season, he is 1-2 with a 1.64 ERA (4 ER, 22.0 IP) in 4 starts. He has limited opponents to a .165 (13×79) average, while walking 14 and striking out 25.
• C John Hicks currently has a Generals’ season-high 7-game hit streak with 5 multi-hit contests. During his hit streak he is batting .444 (11×25) with 4 runs scored and 1 double. After going 0x7 in his first 2 games.
• OF Leon Landry currently has a 6-game hitting streak, batting .286 (8×28) with 2 runs scored, 1 double, 1 walk and 2 stolen bases
• LH James Gillheeney is 2-0 with a 1.21 ERA (4 ER, 22.1) IP in his first 4 starts this season. He has limited opponents to a .207 (17×82), while walking 8 and striking out 8 in 22.1 innigs.

NORTHERN EXPOSURE: After facing South Division opponents during the first 20 games of the season, 20 of Jackson’s next 25 games will come against fellow Northern Division foes.

START ME UP: The Generals’ starting rotation currently leads the SL with a 1.94 ERA. As a whole, Jackson’s pitching staff has a league-best 2.79 ERA through the first 19 games.

Game Central (Wednesday, April 24)

Game #20: Jackson Generals (SEA) (8-11) vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos (CIN) (8-10)
Site: The Ballpark in Jackson – Jackson, Tenn.
Time: 11:05 a.m. CST
Pitching Match-up:
RHP James Gillheeney (2-0, 1.10) vs. RHP Chad Rogers (1-0, 2.04)
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 10:50) /  GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App.
Online TV: MiLB.tv
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Archived Generals Interviews: Generals YouTube
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
Social Media: Twitter / Facebook

Generals Roster | 2012 Regular Season Statistics | SL Standings | SL Leaders | Generals PromotionsMLB Game Notes | Mariners Roster | MLB Standings

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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (8-11) and Pensacola Blue Wahoos (8-9) play the rubber match (2-2) of the five-game series this morning at The Ballpark in Jackson. The Generals are now 5-4 at home this season, 2-2 during day games and 10-9 all-time against the Reds’ Double-A affiliate. 25-year-old lefty James Gillheeney starts for Jackson and ranks third in the SL with a 1.10 ERA in his first three starts. This is his 91st career start and first career start against Pensacola.

YOU ALREADY KNOW…that the Generals improved to 2-2 in extra inning games with the win in the 13th last night. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that the Generals’ 14 hits last night was the most during a single game thus far in 2013.

GENERALS RECAP: RF Abraham Almonte (1×5, RBI, BB) delivered a walk-off single scoring SS Brad Miller (1×6, R, 2B) in the 13th inning as Jackson defeated Pensacola 2-1 on Tuesday night. Starter Chance Ruffin (7.0,4,1,1,2,6,HR) allowed 1 run (a solo home run) on 4 hits and struck out 6 in 7.0 innings, but didn’t figure into the decision. Relievers Jonathan Arias (2.0,0,0,0,1,2), Tyler Burgoon (2.0,1,0,0,1,4) and Nick Hill (2.0,0,0,0,0,1) combined to toss 6.0 innings in relief. Hill recorded his 1st win of the season after retiring the final 6 batters in a row. DH James Jones (3×6), 3B Jack Marder (2×5, R, 3B), C Brandon Bantz (2×5) and CF Francisco Martinez (2×6) each recorded multi-hit games for Jackson.

WHO’S HOT: RHP Taijuan Walker has not allowed an earned run in his last 3 starts (4 R), loweing his season ERA from 7.20 to 1.64. Overall this season, he is 1-2 with a 1.64 ERA (4 ER, 22.0 IP) in 4 starts. He has limited opponents to a .165 (13×79) average, while walking 14 and striking out 25.
• C John Hicks currently has a Generals’ season-high 7-game hit streak with 5 multi-hit contests. During his hit streak he is batting .444 (11×25) with 4 runs scored and 1 double. After going 0x7 in his first 2 games.
• OF James Jones has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, batting .356 (16×45) with 8 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 8 RBI, 4 stolen bases and 7 walks.
• OF Leon Landry currently has a 6-game hitting streak, batting .286 (8×28) with 2 runs scored, 1 double, 1 walk and 2 stolen bases
• LH James Gillheeney is 2-0 with a 1.10 ERA (2 ER, 16.1) IP in his first 3 starts this season. He has limited opponents to a .230 (14×61), while walking 5 and striking out 5 in 16.1 innigs.

START ME UP: The Generals’ starting rotation currently leads the SL with a 1.96 ERA. As a whole, Jackson’s pitching staff has a league-best 2.79 ERA through the first 19 games.

CLOSE CALLS: So far this season, 12 of the Generals first 18 games have been decided by one run. Jackson is 4-8 in those games. Jackson is also 2-2 in extra-inning games this season.

Yesterday’s Sounds:

Jack Marder 3B in the bottom of the 5th

Chance Ruffin’s sixth strikeout in the top of the 7th

Abraham Almonte’s walkoff single in the bottom of the 13th

Generals’ Interview – Rick Waits

Tonight’s pregame interview is with Mariners Minor League Pitching Coordinator Rick Waits. He is in his third year at the post and played 12 seasons in the Major Leagues, mostly with Cleveland. Prior to joining the Mariners he was with the New York Mets where he served as coordinator and also Major League bullpen coach. I talk with Waits about the current Jackson pitching staff as well as some former Generals in Tacoma and Seattle. Waits.jpg

Listen to the Full Interview

Game Central (Tuesday, April 23)

Game #19: Jackson Generals (SEA) (7-11) vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos (CIN) (8-9)
Site: The Ballpark in Jackson – Jackson, Tenn.
Time: 7:05 p.m. CST
Pitching Match-up:
RHP Chance Ruffin (1-0, 4.24) vs. RHP Tim Crabbe (1-1, 4.60)
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 6:50) /  GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App.
Online TV: MiLB.tv
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Archived Generals Interviews: Generals YouTube
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
Social Media: Twitter / Facebook

Generals Roster | 2012 Regular Season Statistics | SL Standings | SL Leaders | Generals PromotionsMLB Game Notes | Mariners Roster | MLB Standings

TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (7-11) and Pensacola Blue Wahoos (8-9) play game four (1-2) of the five-game series tonight at The Ballpark in Jackson. The Generals are now 4-4 at home this season and 9-9 all-time against the Reds’ Double-A affiliate.24-year-old Chance Ruffin makes his fourth career start and fourth of the season tonight. Ruffin has pitched in 96 minor league games and 15 major league games, but this will be his fourth start.. Ruffin made 3 spring training appearances and allowed three earned runs in 3.0 innings pitched.

YOU ALREADY KNOW…that Jackson is 5th in the Southern League North with a 7-11 record. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that the Generals have out-scored their opponents this season 69-59 and the 11 losses have been by a combined 15 runs.

GENERALS RECAP: The Generals were limited to only 3 hits as Pensacola shutout Jackson 3-0 on Monday night. Starter Roenis Elias (7.0,6,3,3,0,4) recorded his 2nd loss of the season, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and striking out 4 in 7.0 innings. RH Carson Smith allowed 1 hit and struck out 4 in 2.0 scoreless innings in relief. LF Leon Landry (1×3, 2B, BB), 3B Brad Miller (1×4, 2B) and C John Hicks (1×4) each recorded 1 of Jackson’s 3 hits in the game.

WHO’S HOT: RHP Taijuan Walker has not allowed an earned run in his last 3 starts (4 R), loweing his season ERA from 7.20 to 1.64. Overall this season, he is 1-2 with a 1.64 ERA (4 ER, 22.0 IP) in 4 starts. He has limited opponents to a .165 (13×79) average, while walking 14 and striking out 25.
• C John Hicks currently has a Generals’ season-high 7-game hit streak with 5 multi-hit contests. During his hit streak he is batting .444 (11×25) with 4 runs scored and 1 double. After going 0x7 in his first 2 games.
• OF James Jones has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games, batting .333 (13×39) with 8 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 8 RBI, 4 stolen bases and 7 walks.
• OF Leon Landry currently has a 5-game hitting streak, batting .318 (7×22) with 2 runs scored, 1 double, 1 walk and 2 stolen bases
• LH James Gillheeney is 2-0 with a 1.10 ERA (2 ER, 16.1) IP in his first 3 starts this season. He has limited opponents to a .230 (14×61), while walking 5 and striking out 5 in 16.1 innigs.

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