Game #3: Jackson Generals (SEA) (0-2) at Jacksonville Suns (MIA) (2-0)
Site: Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville – Jacksonville, Fla
Time: 6:05 p.m. CST
Pitching Match-up: RHP Hector Noesi (0-0, –) vs. RHP Adam Conley (0-0, –)
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 4-6 at Jacksonville
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TODAY’S GAME: After dropping the first two games of the series by the score of 5-3, Jackson looks to get its first win of the season tonight in game three of the five-game set in Jacksonville. RHP Hector Noesi makes his first Double-A start since 2010 tonight. Noesi has appeared in 52 Major League games over the past two seasons, including 18 starts for Seattle last season.
GENERALS RECAP: The Jacksonville Suns erased a 3-0 deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning by scoring five runs and go on to win 5-3 Friday night. Jackson starter Roenis Elias (6.0,0,0,2,7) settled for a no decision after tossing six no-hit innings and 76 pitches. Jackson jumped ahead 2-0 in the top of third after Leon Landry (1×5, R) circled the bases on a four-base error by Suns centerfielder Michael Main. Abraham Almonte (0x4, R, BB) also scored on the play. Brad Miller (3×5, 3B, R) tripled in the top of the fifth inning and with one out, the next batter, Vinnie Catricala scored him on a sacrifice fly giving Jackson a 3-0 advantage. The wheels came off for Jackson after Elias left the game. The Suns broke up Jackson’s no hitter in the bottom of the seventh inning, with one out, on a double by Kyle Jensen off of Jonathan Arias (1.1,2,2,2,1,3). The Generals used Arias, Nick Hill (0.0,1,2,2,1,0) and Carson Smith (BS 0.2,1,1,1,1,1) in the eighth inning. Hill entered the game with two runners on and surrendered a two-RBI single to Derek Dietrich. Smith entered and struck out JT Realmuto, but allowed an RBI single to Kyle Jensen, tying the game at 3-3. Terry Black and Jensen would score later in the eighth on wild pitches giving the Suns a 5-3 lead. Jackson loaded the bases in the ninth inning, but Catricala struck out to end the game. Arias (0-1) took the loss while Suns reliever Jake Varner (1-0) earned the win. Raudel Lazo (1) earned the save.
40-MAN FRENZY: For the first time since Jackson has been affiliated with Seattle (2007) they boast 6 players who are on the Mariners 40-man roster. Starting pitchers Hector Noesi and Chance Ruffin, infielder Vinnie Catricala 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).