Game #2: Jackson Generals (SEA) (0-1) at Jacksonville Suns (MIA) (1-0)
Site: Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville – Jacksonville, Fla
Time: 6:05 p.m. CST
Pitching Match-up: LHP Roenis Elias (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Robert Morey (0-0, 0.00)
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 5:50) / GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App.
Online TV: MiLB.tv
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Game Information: | Game Notes 4-5 at Jacksonville
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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals look to even the series with Jacksonville tonight in game 2 of the 5-game series at Bragan Field and the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. LHP Roenis Elias makes his Double-A debut tonight for Jackson. The Generals hope to not drop to 0-2 to start the season for the first time since 2009.
GENERALS RECAP: Suns starter Brian Flynn tossed 6.0 scoreless innings on Thursday night, striking out nine, leading the Suns to a 5-3 win over the Generals. Suns pitching combined to strike out 17 and walk just one. Jackson starter Taijuan Walker struck out eight on the night, but allowed four runs on five hits in 5.0 innings on the mound. Walker struck out eight and walked four. J.T. Realmuto led the Suns at the plate blasting a solo homerun in the first inning and logging an RBI double in the third frame. The Suns jumped ahead 4-0 in the fourth inning on a 2-run homer from leadoff hitter Derek Dietrich. Jackson trimmed the lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning when John Hicks scored on a wild pitch and Leon Landry delivered a 2-RBI double. Jackson was led offensively by Julio Morban, who had a pair of doubles finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored. Stephen Kohlscheen logged 1.2 innings out of the bullpen for Jackson, allowing a run on three hits. Tyler Burgoon made his Double-A debut tossing 1.1 scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth innings. Flynn (1-0) earned the win for the Suns while Walker (0-1) took the loss for Jackson. Michael Brady struck out the side in the ninth and earned his first save for the Suns.
40-MAN FRENZY: For the first time since Jackson has been affiliated with Seattle (2007) they boast 5 players who are on the Mariners 40-man roster. Starting pitchers Hector Noesi and Chance Ruffin, outfielders Francisco Martinez and Julio Morban and starter Anthony Fernandez who is currently on the DL.
COMING FROM BIG LEAGUE CAMP: The Opening Day roster features 12 players that participated in Major League Spring Training. Those included position players Abraham Almonte, Vinnie Catricala, John Hicks, Francisco Martinez, Brad Miller, Julio Morban and pitchers Jonathan Arias, Tyler Burgoon, Stephen Kohscheen, Hector Noesi, Chance Ruffin, Carson Smith and Taijuan Walker.
“PANK” MOVING ON UP: Coming back for his 3rd season, Manager Jim Pankovits becomes the second-longest tenured Jackson manager. Bobby Dickerson managed in Jackson from 2002-2005 while Jackson was affiliated with the Chicago Cubs. Pankovits ranks 3rd in franchise history with 147 managerial wins.
HISTORIC YEAR FOR MARINERS MINORS: The Mariners 9 minor league affiliates wrapped up the 2012 season, putting together one of the best seasons in club history, combining for a 496-406 (.550) record. The organization led all Major League farm systems in wins (496) and winning percentage (.550). The Mariners 496 organizational wins set a new record for most wins in a single sesaon by any Major League farm system. Six of the Mariners 9 affiliates qualified for the postseason in 2012.
PLENTY OF PROSPECTS: The Generals Opening Day roster features 11 of the Mariners’ Top-30 prospects, according to Baseball America. Those include: RHP Taijuan Walker (2), INF Brad Miller (9), RHP Carson Smith (16), OF Leon Landry (17), INF Jack Marder (20), C John Hicks (21), OF Francisco Martinez (22), OF Julio Morban (23), INF Vinnie Catricala (26), RHP Chance Ruffin (27), LHP Anthony Fernandez (30).
GENERALS IN SEATTLE: There were 8 former Jackson players on the Seattle Mariners Opening Day Roster. RHP Brandon Maurer, RHP Blake Beavan, RHP Stephen Pryor, RHP Carter Capps, RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, INF Kyle Seager, INF Dustin Ackley and OF Michael Saunders.