Game Central (Wednesday, May 15)
Game #37: Jackson Generals (SEA) (15-21) vs. Tennessee Smokies (CHC) (19-18)
Site: The Ballpark in Jackson – Jackson, TN
Time: 11:05 a.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Brett Shankin (2-1, 4.15) vs. LHP Eric Jokisch (3-3, 4.17)
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 10:50) / 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 (15-21) continue their 10-game homestand in 9 days vs. Tennessee (19-18) (CHC) and Birmingham (CHW) looking to snap a 3-game losing skid with game #4 of the series vs. the Smokies…Jackson is coming off series win in Huntsville, taking 3 of 5 from the Stars. 23-year-old righty Brett Shankin makes his 6th Generals start in game 4 of the series. Shankin will be making his 32nd career start. Shankin was 1-1, with a 2.61 ERA for A+ High Desert this season before being transferred to Jackson on 4/15
GENERALS RECAP: The Generals scored a run in the bottom of the 9th inning, but allowed a run in the top of the 10th inning as Jackson last to Tennessee 2-3 on Tuesday night. Starter Taijuan Walker (7.0,4,2,1,1,6,HR,HB) allowed 2 runs (1 ER) on 4 hits and struck out 6 over 7.0 innings, but didn’t figure into the decision. RH Carson Smith (1.0,1,0,0,0,1) tossed as scoreless 8th inning. LH Nick Hill (1.0,2,1,1,1,0), who recorded his 2nd loss of the season, tossed a scoreless 9th inning, but allowed 1 runner on in the 10th before RH Stephen Kohlscheen (1.0,2,0,0,1,0) allowed the inherited runner to score for the go-ahead run. 2B Brad Miller (2×4, R) and SS Gabriel Noriega (2×4) each led the Generals with 2 hits. LH Leon Landry (1×5, R, HR, RBI, SB) hit his 3rd home run of the season, a lead off blast to give the Generals as early 1-0 lead in the first inning.
YOU ALREADY KNOW…that the Generals are 0-3 in the current series with the Smokies. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that Generals starting pitchers in the series Roenis Elias (7.0), Chance Ruffin (6.2) and Taijuan Walker (7.0) have combined for 20.2 innings pitched and have allowed just 5 earned runs, which is a 2.23 ERA. Miller led off the ninth with a drag bunt. He eventually came around and scored off of a deep RBI triple from James Jones. (1-4, RBI, 3B) The run tied the game, 2-2 In spite of the dominating start by Generals’ starter, Taijuan Walker (ND, 3-4, 7.0,4,2,1,1,6,1) picked up a no decision. The Generals’ reliever Nick Hill (L, 1-2, 1.0,2,1,1,1,0,0) suffered the loss. The Smokies’ reliever Zac Rosscup blew the save in the ninth, but picked up the win for Tennessee.
NEWS & NOTES: 18 of first 36 games have been 1-run games (5-13) which is 2nd in all of minors…22 of 36 games have been decided by 2-or-fewer runs (6-16) and 6 have been extra-inning games (2-4)…In games decided by 3+ runs the Generals are 9-5.
• OF Abraham Almonte made his AAA debut Tuesday afternoon for Tacoma and batted leadoff going 1×4 with an RBI, Tacoma won in New Orleans, 4-2.
• OF Julio Morban currently has an 11-game hitting streak, batting .372 (16×43) with 7 runs scored, 2 doubles 2 home runs and 7 RBI…..Longest current hitting streak in the SL and longest by a JXN player this year. 5th-longest this season in the SL.
• SS Brad Miller has hit safely in 6 straight games, batting .500 (11×22) with 3 runs scored, 1 double, 1 home run and 8 RBI.
• RHP Taijuan Walker leads the SL with 52 strikeouts, and opponents batting average, .174. He ranks 4th in ERA (2.09) and 3rd in innings pitched (47.1).
• We Gotcha!!…Jackson catchers Brandon Bantz and John Hicks lead the SL catching 46.7% of base stealers (14 CS, 30 Att).
WINDY CITY HOMESTAND: The Generals begin their longest homestand of the season this week, welcoming the Tennessee Smokies (CHC) and Birmingham Barons (CHW) at The Ballpark for 10 games in 9 days. The homestand includes a scheduled doubleheader on May 18 vs. Birmingham.
HOSTING THE OVC: For the 4th year in a row The Ballpark in Jackson will host the Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Championship. This year the six-team, double-elimination tournament will be held May 22-26 and marks the 35th OVC Baseball Championship.