Game Central (Thursday, April 25)
Game #21: Jackson Generals (SEA) (8-12) at Chattanooga Lookouts (LAD) (9-11)
Site: AT&T Field, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Time: 6:15 p.m. CST
Pitching Match-up: RHP Taijuan Walker (1-2, 1.64) vs. RHP Zach Lee (2-0, 1.17)
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 6:00) / GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App.
Online TV: None
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (8-12) open a five-game road series tonight in Chattanooga, TN against the Lookouts (LAD). This is a rematch of last years SL North Division Series that Jackson took 3-1. Jackson was 9-7 last year during the regular season against Chattanooga. 20-year-old righty Taijuan Walker makes his fifth start of the season tonight. Walker is making his 48th career start and 30th for Jackson. Walker was 0-2, with a 8.04 ERA against the Lookouts last season in three starts.
YOU ALREADY KNOW…that Jackson starter James Gillheeney took a no decision in yesterday’s 8-4 loss to Pensacola But, DID YOU KNOW?…that Gillheeney has made three quality starts this season and ranks 6th in the SL in ERA (1.21),
GENERALS RECAP: After taking an early 2-0 lead, the Generals fell in the rubber match of the series to Pensacola 8-4 on a cold and wet Wednesday. SS Gabriel Noriega (2-4, 2RBIs) plated RF Abraham Almonte (1-3, R) in the first and DH Brad Miller (1-3, RBI) singled 2B Jack Marder (1-4, R) in during secondA half inning later, the Wahoos responded by pushing three runs across the plate to take the lead 3-2. In the sixth, 1B Steven Proscia (1-3, HR) launched a home run to tie the game at 3-3 after six. Generals’ LHP James Gillheeney (ND, 6.0, 2-0,3,3,1,3,3,0) added a quality start for Jackson on the mound and pick up a no decision. RHP Moises Hernandez (L, 0-2, 0.1,3,4,4,1,0,0) relieved Gillheeney in the seventh and suffered the loss, allowing four of the five runs that inning.
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 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 1.21 ERA (4 ER, 22.1) IP in his first 4 starts this season. He has limited opponents to a .207 (17×82), while walking 8 and striking out 8 in 22.1 innigs.
NORTHERN EXPOSURE: After facing South Division opponents during the first 20 games of the season, 20 of Jackson’s next 25 games will come against fellow Northern Division foes.
START ME UP: The Generals’ starting rotation currently leads the SL with a 1.94 ERA. As a whole, Jackson’s pitching staff has a league-best 2.79 ERA through the first 19 games.