Game #4: Jackson Generals (SEA) (0-3) at Jacksonville Suns (MIA) (3-0)
Site: Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville – Jacksonville, Fla
Time: 2:05 p.m. CST
Pitching Match-up: RHP Chance Ruffin (0-0, –) vs. RHP Matt Neil (0-0, –)
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 1:50) / 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 4-7 at Jacksonville
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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals, still in search of its first win of the season play game four of the five-game series at Jacksonville against the Suns…Also looking to not drop to 0-4 to begin a season for the first time since 2007. The Generals opened the 2008 season 1-4. RHP Chance Ruffin makes his first career start today after his first 109 outings in his pro career being out of the bullpen.
Hey, Jacksonville broadcaster Roger Hoover…YOU ALREADY KNOW..that the Suns held Jackson to just one hit yesterday. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that the last time the Jackson franchise was held to 1 hit or less was on May 4, 2009 when West Tenn was no-hit during a rain shortened 5-inning game by Birmingham’s Aaron Poreda. Birmingham’s lineup featured current White Sox Gordon Beckham (0x1) and Dayan Viciedo (1×2) that night.
GENERALS RECAP: Jacksonville’s Chris Gutierrez delivered sacrifice fly scoring Kyle Jensen in the bottom of the 9th inning, giving the Suns their 3rd straight win over Jackson 1-0 on Saturday. Jackson was held to just 1 hit for the first time since May 4, 2009. The only hit came from SS Brad Miller (1×3) in the first inning. Jackson never had a runner reach second base in the game. Starter Hector Noesi (6.0,2,0,0,1,5) and reliever Andrew Kittredge (2.0,1,0,0,1,3) combined for 8.0 shutout innings. Noesi, who made 18 starts for Seattle last season was making his first Double-A start since 2010, with Trenton (NYY). RH Forrest Snow (L, 0.2,2,1,1,1,1) suffered the loss for Jackson giving up the winning run in the 9th.
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).