Game Central (Wednesday, May 8)
Game #30 : Jackson Generals (SEA) (13-16) at Huntsville Stars (MIL) (11-20)
Site: Joe Davis Stadium – Huntsville, Ala
Time: 6:43 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Chance Ruffin (1-0, 3.10) vs. RHP Ariel Pena (1-2, 4.32)
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 (13-16) continue their 5-game series (1-0) in Huntsville, against the Stars (11-20) tonight with game 2 of the series. Jackson and Huntsville meet 20 times this season with 10 games to be played in each city. 24-year-old Chance Ruffin makes his sixth career start and sixth of the season today against Huntsville. Ruffin has pitched in 99 minor league games and 15 major league games, but this will be only his sixth start..
YOU ALREADY KNOW…that the Generals and Stars meet 20 times this season. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that the Generals and Stars have split their last 40 meetings (20-20) and since 2005 Jackson leads the overall series, 79-70.
GENERALS RECAP: DH Julio Morban and 1B Steven Proscia each hit home runs to lead Jackson to a 8-3 win over Huntsville on Tuesday night. The Generals jumped out to an early lead after scoring 3 runs in the first inning and scored again in the 2nd, 3rd and 5th inning to increase their lead to 8-3. Eight of the 9 players in the starting lineup recorded at least 1 hit, while 7 players knocked in at least 1 run. Jackson recorded 14 hits, including multi-hit games by C John Hicks (3×5, 2 R, 2B, RBI), 3B Vinnie Catricala (3×4, R, 2 RBI, BB), Morban (2×5, 2 R, HR, RBI) and Proscia (2×5, R, HR, RBI). Starter Roenis Elias (6.0,6,3,3,5,3,2HR) recorded his 2nd win of the season, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits in 6.0 innings. Relievers Stephen Kohlscheen (1.0,0,0,0,0,2), Jonathan Arias (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) and Nick Hill (1.0,2,0,0,0,0) combined to hold the Stars scoreless over the final 3.0 innings to secure the win.
PROSCIA STREAKING: INF Steven Proscia has hit safely in his last 10 games, batting .366 (15×41) with 9 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 4 RBI. The streak is the longest by a Jackson player this season and is 3rd-longest currently in the SL.
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.
• OF Julio Morban has hit safely in each of his last 5 games, batting .350 (7×20) with 5 runs scored, 2 doubles 2 home runs and 4 RBI.
• OF James Jones has recorded 9 hits in his last 19 at-bats (.474) with 2 runs scored, 4 doubles and 5 RBI.
HOW MANY ONE-RUN GAMES?: So far this season, 16 of the Generals first 29 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.