Game Central (Thursday, May 2)

James Jones (Megan Smith)

James Jones went 4×4 in Jackson’s 9-1 win Wednesday night (Megan Smith/Jackson Sun)

Game #27 : Jackson Generals (SEA) (12-14) vs. Jacksonville Suns (MIA) (14-11)
Site: The Ballpark in Jackson – Jackson, Tenn.
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Brett Shankin (1-0, 3.50) vs. RHP Jay Jackson (0-0, 0.00)
Promotions: Dollar Night (MobileNation) Will Davenport post game concert
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 6:50) /  GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App.
Online TV: None
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Archived Generals Interviews: Generals YouTube
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
Social Media: Twitter / Facebook

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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (12-14) will look for their 3rd straight win tonight in game 2 of the 5-game series (1-0) against Jacksonville. The season series is tied 3-3. This is the final series against the Marlins AA affiliate. 23-year-old righty Brett Shankin makes his fourth Generals start. Shankin is making his 30th career start as he is 10-10, with a 5.23 ERA over his first 2+ pro seasons.

YOU ALREADY KNOW…that OF James Jones was 4×4 with 3 RBI in last nights win over Jacksonville But, DID YOU KNOW?…that Jones leads the league batting average (.333) and is 2nd in slugging, (.568), T-2nd in triples (3) and T-3rd in doubles (7).

GENERALS RECAP: Generals starter Taijuan Walker (W, 3-2, 6.0,3,1,1,2,7,0) tossed six outstanding innings and picked up his third win of the season while LF Abe Almonte (4-5, 2B, 2R), RF James Jones (4-4, 3RBIs, 3 2B) collected 4 hits in the 9-1 win in the series opener. Six of the Generals’ 13 hits were extra-base hits. Jackson scored 3 runs in the 1st and 4 runs in the 6th after back-to-back home runs from C John Hicks (1-4, HR, 3RBIs) and DH Julio Morban (2-5, 2 RBIs, HR). Kyle Hunter (1.0,0,0,0,0,2), Moises Hernandez (1.0,1,0,0,0,0) and Forrest Snow (1.0,0,0,0,0,2) added scoreless relief behind Walker.

WHO’S HOT: RHP Taijuan Walker has allowed only 2 earned runs in his last 5 starts (6 R), lowering his season ERA from 7.20 to 1.54. Overall this season, he is 3-2 with a 1.54 ERA (6 ER, 35.0 IP) in 6 starts. He has limited opponents to a .150 average, while walking 20 and striking out 39.
• C John Hicks has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .347 (17×49) with 8 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 7 RBI.
• OF Abraham Almonte is batting .688 (11×16) with 5 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 6 RBI in last 4 games.
• INF Steven Proscia has hit safely in his last 7 games, batting .379 (11×29) with 8 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 triple, home run and 2 RBI.

TOPS IN THE LEAGUE PITCHING: The Generals pitching staff currently leads the league in ERA (2.83), starters ERA (2.26), hits allowed (178), runs allowed (84) and strikeouts (212).

HOW MANY ONE-RUN GAMES?: So far this season, 15 of the Generals first 26 games have been decided by one run. Jackson is 5-10 in those games. Jackson is also 2-3 in extra inning games.

HITTING FOR THE CYCLE: Abraham Almonte (4×5, 2 R, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI) completed the cycle on Saturday night at Chattanooga. It was the first cycle in Jackson franchise history, dating back to 1998, when the Generals were known as the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx. But it was the 2nd cycle in 10 days for a Mariners prospect after Carlos Triunfel accomplished the feat for Triple-A Tacoma on April 17. Almonte hit a solo homer in in the third inning, a bases-loaded triple in the 4th inning, and singled in the 5th and got his 4th RBI of the evening. After being called out on strikes in the 6th inning, Almonte lined a 2-2 pitch to right field for a double to complete the cycle.

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