Game Central (Wednesday, April 24)
Game #20: Jackson Generals (SEA) (8-11) vs. Pensacola Blue Wahoos (CIN) (8-10)
Site: The Ballpark in Jackson – Jackson, Tenn.
Time: 11:05 a.m. CST
Pitching Match-up: RHP James Gillheeney (2-0, 1.10) vs. RHP Chad Rogers (1-0, 2.04)
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 10:50) / GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App.
Online TV: MiLB.tv
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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (8-11) and Pensacola Blue Wahoos (8-9) play the rubber match (2-2) of the five-game series this morning at The Ballpark in Jackson. The Generals are now 5-4 at home this season, 2-2 during day games and 10-9 all-time against the Reds’ Double-A affiliate. 25-year-old lefty James Gillheeney starts for Jackson and ranks third in the SL with a 1.10 ERA in his first three starts. This is his 91st career start and first career start against Pensacola.
YOU ALREADY KNOW…that the Generals improved to 2-2 in extra inning games with the win in the 13th last night. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that the Generals’ 14 hits last night was the most during a single game thus far in 2013.
GENERALS RECAP: RF Abraham Almonte (1×5, RBI, BB) delivered a walk-off single scoring SS Brad Miller (1×6, R, 2B) in the 13th inning as Jackson defeated Pensacola 2-1 on Tuesday night. Starter Chance Ruffin (7.0,4,1,1,2,6,HR) allowed 1 run (a solo home run) on 4 hits and struck out 6 in 7.0 innings, but didn’t figure into the decision. Relievers Jonathan Arias (2.0,0,0,0,1,2), Tyler Burgoon (2.0,1,0,0,1,4) and Nick Hill (2.0,0,0,0,0,1) combined to toss 6.0 innings in relief. Hill recorded his 1st win of the season after retiring the final 6 batters in a row. DH James Jones (3×6), 3B Jack Marder (2×5, R, 3B), C Brandon Bantz (2×5) and CF Francisco Martinez (2×6) each recorded multi-hit games for Jackson.
WHO’S HOT: RHP Taijuan Walker has not allowed an earned run in his last 3 starts (4 R), loweing his season ERA from 7.20 to 1.64. Overall this season, he is 1-2 with a 1.64 ERA (4 ER, 22.0 IP) in 4 starts. He has limited opponents to a .165 (13×79) average, while walking 14 and striking out 25.
• C John Hicks currently has a Generals’ season-high 7-game hit streak with 5 multi-hit contests. During his hit streak he is batting .444 (11×25) with 4 runs scored and 1 double. After going 0x7 in his first 2 games.
• OF James Jones has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, batting .356 (16×45) with 8 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 8 RBI, 4 stolen bases and 7 walks.
• OF Leon Landry currently has a 6-game hitting streak, batting .286 (8×28) with 2 runs scored, 1 double, 1 walk and 2 stolen bases
• LH James Gillheeney is 2-0 with a 1.10 ERA (2 ER, 16.1) IP in his first 3 starts this season. He has limited opponents to a .230 (14×61), while walking 5 and striking out 5 in 16.1 innigs.
START ME UP: The Generals’ starting rotation currently leads the SL with a 1.96 ERA. As a whole, Jackson’s pitching staff has a league-best 2.79 ERA through the first 19 games.
CLOSE CALLS: So far this season, 12 of the Generals first 18 games have been decided by one run. Jackson is 4-8 in those games. Jackson is also 2-2 in extra-inning games this season.
Jack Marder 3B in the bottom of the 5th
Chance Ruffin’s sixth strikeout in the top of the 7th
Abraham Almonte’s walkoff single in the bottom of the 13th