Game Central (Thursday, April 18)
Game #14: Jackson Generals (SEA) (6-7) at Mississippi Braves (ATL) (5-8)
Site: Trustmark Park – Pearl, Miss.
Time: 7:00 p.m. CST
Pitching Match-up: RHP Chance Ruffin (1-0, 3.75) vs. RHP Gus Schlosser (0-1, 11.81)
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 4-18 at Mississippi
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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (6-7) take on the Mississippi Braves (5-8) tonight in game four (1-2) of the five-game series at Trustmark Park. Jackson is currently T-3rd in the SL North, 2.0 back of first place Birmingham. 24-year-old Chance Ruffin makes his third career start and third of the season tonight. Ruffin made 3 spring training appearances and allowed three earned runs in 3.0 innings pitched. Ruffin was 0-5, with a 5.99 ERA for Tacoma last season in 50 games.
YOU ALREADY KNOW…that the C John Hicks and INF Gabriel Noriega recorded 2 hits yesterday. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that Noriega has hit safely each of the last 4 games he has appeared, batting .429 (6×14) with 1 run scored, 1 triple and 3 RBI. C John Hicks has recorded 2 hits in 4 of the last 5 games he has appeared.
GENERALS RECAP: Mississippi’s Phil Gosselin lined a base hit to right in the bottom of the 9th that scored Jaime Pedroza, giving the Braves a 3-2 walk-off win over the Generals on Wednesday. The Generals led 2-1 heading into the bottom of the 9th inning as Carson Smith (0.2,2,2,2,2,1) surrendered a leadoff walk to Dan Brewer then after a sacrifice bunt from Luis Nunez got an RBI double from Pedroza tying the game at 2-2. Gosselin’s RBI single made the second time this season Jackson has allowed a walkoff. Starter Roenis Elias (6.2,4,1,1,2,2,HR) allowed only 1 run on 4 hits in 6.2 innings, but didn’t figure into the decision. RH Jonathan Arias struck out 2 in 1.1 innings of work. C John Hicks (2×3 R), RF James Jones (2×3, R) and 2B Gabriel Noriega (2×3, RBI) each recorded 2 hits, while LF Jack Marder (1×4, 2B) recorded the team’s only extra-base hit.
WHO’S HOT: Generals Pitching leads the SL with a 2.89 ERA this season. The staff also leads the league in opponents batting average at .203 and ranks second with 100 strikeouts. OF James Jones has reached base safely in his last 9 games (.469 OBP), batting .370 (10×27) with 3 doubles, 2 triples, a home run and 7 RBI. Jones has also walked 5 times. 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 and striking out 3 in 11.0 innings.