Game Central (Saturday, April 20)

Game #16: Jackson Generals (SEA) (6-9) vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos (6-8)
Site: The Ballpark in Jackson – Jackson, Tenn.
Time: 6:05 p.m. CST
Pitching Match-up:
RHP Taijuan Waker (1-2, 2.25) vs. LHP Ryan Dennick (1-0, 2.45)
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 4-20 vs. Pensacola
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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (6-9) open a five-game series tonight against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos (CIN) (6-8) at The Ballpark in Jackson. This will be the first of 10 meetings between the clubs in 2013. Jackson is currently T-3rd in the SL North, 3.0 back of first place Birmingham. 20-year-old righty Taijuan Walker makes his fourth start of the season. Walker is making his 47th career start and 29th for Jackson. Walker was 0-2, with a 2.53 ERA against the Wahoos last season in 2 starts.

YOU ALREADY KNOW…that the Generals dropped the final four games of the series in Mississippi. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that Jackson out-hit the M-Braves in each of those games. The only excpeption was game five of the series on Friday night.

GENERALS RECAP: Jackson allowed a walkoff home run to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning ans Mssissippi defeated the Generals 8-7 on Friday night. The game started on Thursday night, but was suspended due to rain in the 6th inning. Starter Chance Ruffin (5.0,6,4,0,1,1) allowed 4 runs (0ER) on 5 hits in 5.0 innings, but did not figure into the decision. LH Nick Hill (1.2,0,0,0,0,2) struck out 2 batters in 1.2 scoreless innings, while Moises Hernandez (1.1,2,2,2,0,0), Tyler Burgoon (2.0,2,1,1,3,4) and Stephen Kohlscheen (0.0,1,1,1,0,0,HR) each were charged with a run in relief. LF Leon Landry (3×6, R, RBI) led the team with 3 hits, while C John Hicks (2×5, R) recorded Jackson’s only other multi-hit contest. 2B Brad Miller (1×4, R, HR, 3 RBI, BB) hit his 3rd home run of the season with a 2-run blast in the 1st inning. The Generals dropped the 2nd game with a walkoff in the 9th to lose 3-4 to Mississippi. It was their 4th straight. Starter James Gillheeney (5.1,8,2,2,1,2) allowed 2 runs on 8 hits in 5.1 innings, but didn’t figure into the decision. RH Jonathan Arias (2.2,0,0,0,1,5) struck out 5 batters in 2.2 innings, before RH Carson Smith (0.2,4,2,2,1,2) allowed 2 runs in the 9th inning to record his 2nd loss. RH Forrest Snow was ejected before even throwing a pitch after not being on the official lineup card. 1B Steven Proscia (2×4, 2 R, 2B) was the only Jackson player with 2 hits in the game.

WHO’S HOT: INF Gabriel Noriega has hit safely each of the last 5 games he has appeared, batting .4368 (7×19) with 2 runs scored, 1 triple and 3 RBI. C John Hicks has recorded 2 hit in 5 of the last 6 games he has appeared, batting .400 (10×25) with 3 runs scored, 1 double and 2 RBI. After going 0x7 in his first 2 games, OF James Jones has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, batting .343 (12×35) with 7 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run and 7 RBI.

CLOSE CALLS: So far this season, 10 of the Generals first 15 games have been decided by 1 run. Jackson is 3-7 in those games.

HOME SWEET HOME FOR MILLER: INF Brad Miller has 10-game hitting streak at home that dates back to August 14 of last season. During the streak Miller is batting .465 (20×43) at The Ballpark in Jackson with 3 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 3 RBI and 3 walks.

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