Game #11: Jackson Generals (SEA) (5-5) at Mississippi Braves (ATL) (3-7)
Site: Trustmark Park – Pearl, Miss.
Time: 7:00 p.m. CST
Pitching Match-up: RHP Taijuan Walker (0-2, 3.60) vs. RHP Aaron Northcraft (0-1, 5.40)
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 6:45) / 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 4-15 at Mississippi
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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (5-5) begin a five-game road trip today against the Mississippi Braves (3-7), at Trustmark Park. The Genrals all-time are 80-78 against the Atlanta Braves Double-A affiliate. 20-year-old righty Taijuan Walker (0-2) makes his third start of the season tonight, in search of his first win. Walker is making his 46th career start and 28th for Jackson. Walker was 2-0, with a 2.37 ERA against the Braves las season, in 3 starts.
YOU ALREADY KNOW…that in 10 games Brad Miller ranks T-2nd in the SL, with a .389 batting average. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that Miller leads the SL in slugging (.667), total bases (24) and is tied with Mobile’s Jon Griffin for first with 14 hits.
GENERALS RECAP: Starter James Gillheeney held the Biscuits to 1 run (0 ER) over 6.0 innings as Jackson defeated Montgomery 7-1 on Sunday afternoon. Gillheeney (6.0,3,1,0,3,1) allowed and unearned run in the top of the first inning, but shut down Montgomery of the next 6.0 innings to earn his 2nd win of the season. Gillheeney limited the Biscuits to 3 hits while walking 3 and striking out 1. Relievers Nick Hill (1.1,0,0,0,2,2) and Carson Smith (1.2,0,0,0,0,1) combined to hold Biscuits scoreless over the final 3.0 innings to secure the victory. Smith stranded 2 runners on base recording the final out in the 8th and then tossed a scoreless 9th inning to record his 3rd save of the season. CF Francisco Martinez (2×4, 2 R, BB, SB) and C John Hicks (2×4, RBI) each lead the Generals with 2 hits apiece, while RF James Jones (1×2, 2 RBI, 2 BB) recorded the only multi-RBI game for Jackson.
WHO’S HOT: OF James Jones is on a 6-game hitting streak which is T-3rd in the SL. During the streak, Jones is batting .368, with 3 doubles, a triple, home run and 7 RBI. INF Brad Miller has hit safely in 6 of the first 10 games this season with 4 mult-hit games, batting .389 (14×36) with 9 runs scored, 2 double, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 4 RBI. He has recorded 3 consecutive multi-run games and currently leads the Generals with 9 runs scored. LH James Gillheeney is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 11.0) IP in his first 2 starts this season. He has limited opponents to a .158 (6×38), while walking 4 ans striking out 3 in 11.0 innigs. INF Steven Proscia has hit safely in each of his last 3 games, batting .455 (5×11) with 2 run scored, 1 home run and 2 RBI.
GENERALS BLAST FRANCHISE’S 1,500th HOMER: Steven Proscia’s 2-run blast in the third inning Saturday night was not only his second of the season, but 1,500th since the franchise arrived in Jackson in 1998. The current total sits at 1,502.
WEEKLY HONORS SWEEP: The Generals swept the first edition of the Southern League Players of the Week Monday as INF Brad Miller was named the SL Hitter of the Week and RHP Hector Noesi was named SL Pitcher of the Week.