Game Central (Tuesday, May 7)
Game #29 : Jackson Generals (SEA) (12-16) at Huntsville Stars (MIL) (11-19)
Site: Joe Davis Stadium – Huntsville, Ala
Time: 6:43 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP Roenis Elias (1-2, 2.93) vs. RHP Jimmy Nelson (3-1, 1.91)
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 6:28) / 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 (12-16) will open a 5-game series today at Huntsville (11-19). Jackson will play Huntsville 20 times during the 2013 season. Last year the Generals were 11-8 against the Stars. 24-year-old Roenis Elias makes his sixth start for the Generals. This is his 40th overall start in his pro career. Jackson is 1-4 in his starts this season despite the 2.93 ERA in those games.
SCOUTING HUNTSVILLE’S STARTING PITCHER: Jimmy Nelson – Drafted out of Alabama by the Brewers in the first round in 2010. Notched a 3.71 ERA in 26.2 innings of rookie-ball experience that season. Made 25 starts and one relief appearance for Low-A Wisconsin in 2011 with a 4.38 ERA and nearly a 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio. Started the 2012 season with a 2.21 ERA in 13 High-A starts, striking out nearly a batter per inning over 81.1 innings. Promoted to Double-A and has posted a 4.62 ERA in 39 innings with 35 walks and 37 strikeouts.
Big, intimidating guy. Looks the part of a workhorse starter. Two potential plus pitches that can miss enough bats and induce ground balls. Has to gain consistency with delivery. CH doesn’t project to gain much ground. Will throw strikes but won’t locate consistently long term. Mixes pitches well and doesn’t get rattled easily. Nice arm. Durable body. Inning-eater type. Potential number four starter with peak seasons in number three territory.
YOU ALREADY KNOW…that Jackson played their 16th one-run game of the season on Saturday against Jacksonville. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that the 16 one-run games is tied with AAA Gwinnett (Braves) for the most in minor league baseball this season.
GENERALS RECAP: The Generals scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning to take a 6-5 lead, but allowed 2 runs in the top of the 6th inning as Jackson lost to Jacksonville 7-6 on Saturday. The loss meant 16 of the 28 games played so far this year have one-run affairs. The Generals are 5-11 in those games. Game two of the doubleheader was cancelled due to unplayable field conditions and threatening rain. The game will not be made up this season. Starter Anthony Fernandez (4.2,6,5,5,3,3,2HR) allowed 5 runs on 6 hits in 4.2 innings, but didn’t factor into the decision. RH Jonathan Arias (1.1,3,2,2,2,2,HR) recorded the loss after allowing a 2-run home run in the 6th inning. RH Forrest Snow (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th inning. SS Gabriel Noriega (3×3, 2 R, 3B) led the team with 3 hits, while C John Hicks (2×4, R) and 3B Vinnie Catricala (2×4, R, 2B, 3 RBI) each recorded multi-hit games.
WHO’S HOT: RHP 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 (18×120) average, while walking 20 and striking out 39.
• C John Hicks has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games, batting .351 (20×57) with 9 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 7 RBI.
• INF Steven Proscia has hit safely in his last 9 games, batting .361 (13×36) with 8 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 triple, home run and 3 RBI.
• OF James Jones has recorded 8 hits in his last 14 at-bats (.571) with 2 runs scored, 4 doubles and 5 RBI.
TOPS IN THE LEAGUE PITCHING: The Generals pitching staff currently is 2nd in the league in ERA (3.04), and has a starters ERA of 2.56.
HOW MANY ONE-RUN GAMES?: So far this season, 16 of the Generals first 28 games have been decided by one run. Jackson is 5-11 in those games. Jackson is tied with AAA Gwinnett for the most one-run games played this season in minor league baseball.Jackson is also 2-3 in extra inning games.