Game #12: Jackson Generals (SEA) (6-5) at Mississippi Braves (ATL) (3-8)
Site: Trustmark Park – Pearl, Miss.
Time: 11:00 a.m. CST
Pitching Match-up: RHP Brett Shankin (0-0, –) vs. RHP J.R. Graham (0-1, 7.20)
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 6:45) / GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App.
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Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Game Information: | Game Notes 4-16 at Mississippi
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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (6-5), riding a four-game win streak play game two of the five-game series this morning against the Mississippi Braves, at Trustmark Park. The Genrals all-time are 81-78 against the Atlanta Braves Double-A affiliate. Jackson is 2-0 this season in day games. 23-year-old RHP Brett Shankin makes his Double-A debut this morning. Shankin will be making his 27th career start as he is 9-10, with a 5.40 ERA over his first 2+ pro seasons. Shankin was 1-1, with a 2.61 ERA for A+ High Desert this season.
YOU ALREADY KNOW…that the Generals pitching staff has posted three shutouts this season. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that the Generals pitching staff ranks 2nd in the SL with 90 strikeouts and 3rd in the SL with a 2.69 ERA. The Generals starting pitchers ERA is 2.07.
GENERALS RECAP: The Generals (6-5) won their fourth in a row on Monday night at Trustmark Park over the Mississippi Braves (3-8), 1-0. Jackson was held to a season-low two hits on Friday, but Taijuan Walker, Stephen Kohlscheen and Tyler Burgoon tossed the shutout. CF Abraham Almonte (1×3) provided the only Jackson hit that left the infield Monday, and it was a solo homer to lead off the top of the sixth. It was Almonte’s first round tripper of the season. The loss for Mississippi was their sixth in a row, RHP Taijuan Walker (W, 1-2 – 6.0,3,0,0,4,6) was magnificent on the mound Monday, earning his first victory of the season. Walker worked out of jams in the third and sixth innings and threw 91 pitches in his third start. Walker is now 3-0 all-time against the Braves and has allowed no earned runs in each of his last two starts. RHP Stephen Kohlscheen (2.0,2,0,0,1,2) pitched out of a jam in the seventh and eighth earning his first hold. RHP Tyler Burgoon (S, 1 – 1.0,1,0,0,0,0) locked down his first Double-A save with a scoreless ninth frame.
WHO’S HOT: OF James Jones had a 6-game hitting streak come to an end Monday. It was the T-3rd longest streak in the SL. During the streak, Jones batted .368, with 3 doubles, a triple, home run and 7 RBI. 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.
THAT’S WHAT HE SAID: “I thought I pitched pretty well,” said Walker, who struck out six batters and issued four walks. “I felt like I had everything working. I had to battle through the bottom of the sixth inning and that was pretty hectic, but I’m glad I got out of it.” – Taijuan Walker on his outing Monday night.
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. Noesi was promoted to AAA Tacoma on Monday afternoon.