Game Central (Friday, May 24)
Game #45: Jackson Generals (SEA) (20-24) at Montgomery Biscuits (TB) (22-24)
Site: Riverwalk Stadium – Montgomery, AL
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP Roenis Elias (2-3, 2.90) vs. RHP Jake Thompson (2-5, 7.09)
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 6:50) / GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App.
Online TV: MiLB.TV
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals continue their 5-game road series tonight in Montgomery against the Biscuits with game #2 of the series…coming off 10-game homestand in which Jackson lost 3 of 5 from Tennessee then won 3 of 5 from Birmingham…Jackson took 3 of 5 from Montgomery at The Ballpark at Jackson 4/10-4/14…24-year-old Roenis Elias makes his 9th start for the Generals. This is his 43rd overall start in his pro career. Jackson is 3-5 in his starts this season despite the 2.90 ERA in those games.
GENERALS RECAP: SS Brad Miller hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning snapping a 1-1 tie as Jackson defeated Montgomery 3-1 on Thursday night. Miller (2×4, R, 2B HR, 2 RBI, BB) reached base in 3 of 5 plate appearances and recorded the team’s only multi-hit game, while LF James Jones (1×4, 2 R, 3B, BB), DH Denny Almonte (1×3, 2B, 2 BB), 3B Vinnie Catricala (1×4), CF Francisco Martinez (1×4) and C Jack Marder (1×1) each recorded 1 of Jackson’s 7 hits. Starter Anthony Fernandez (6.0,3,1,0,2,3) recorded his 2nd win of the season, allowing only 1 runs (0 ER) on 3 hits in 6.0 innings. Relievers Stephen Kohlscheen (2.0,0,0,0,0,4) and Carson Smith (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) combined to retire the final 9 batters in order, while Smith earned his 4th save.
Hey Biscuits beat writer Stacey Long, YOU ALREADY KNOW…that the Generals held Montgomery to just 1 run on 3 hits Thursday. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that Jackson pitching faced just 32 batters (5 over minimum) and threw just 104 pitches on the night, 74 for strikes.
NEWS & NOTES: 20 of first 44 games have been 1-run games (6-14) which is 2nd in all of minors…26 of 44 games have been decided by 2-or-fewer runs (8-18) and 6 have been extra-inning games (2-4)…In games decided by 3+ runs the Generals are 12-6.
• Roster Palooza!!! In the last 24 hours their have been 8 roster moves affecting the Generals roster. INF Rich Poythress, OF Denny Almonte, C Mike Dowd and C Carlton Tanabe have all been added. SS Brad Miller and C Brandon Bantz were each promoted to Tacoma.
• OF Leon Landry currently has a 4-game hit streak, batting .429 (6×14) with 3 runs scored, 2 doubles and 1 RBI.
• INF Gabriel Noriega has hit safely in his last 4 games, batting .364 (4×11) with 3 runs scored, 2 double and 3 RBI.
• OF Julio Morban has hit safely in 15 of his last 18 games, batting .364 (24×66) with 11 runs scored, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 13 RBI. During this 18-game stretch, since April 27, Morban leads the Southern League in average.
• SS Brad Miller has hit safely 11 of his last 13 games, batting .347 (17×49) with 5 runsscored, 1 double, 1 home run and 10 RBI.
• RH Stephen Kohlscheen has not allowed a run in his last 11.1 innings in relief (6 G). He has allowed only 1 run in his last 18.1 innings in relief. During this stretch he limited opponent to a .147 (10×68) average, while walking 3 and striking out 23. Since April 21, Kohlscheen has lowered his season ERA from 6.35 to 1.88 in 9 games in relief.
• After allowing 2 runs in his first relief outing on April 5, LH Nick Hill has allowed only 3 runs in his last 17.1 innings. Overall this season he has limited opponents to a .203 (13×64) average, while walking 10 and striking out 14.
• RHP Taijuan Walker allowed 10 earned runs over his last 3 starts (16.0 innings), after allowing only 2 earned runs in his previous 5 starts (6 R) from April 10-May 1. Overall this season, he is 3-4 with a 2.77 ERA (16 ER, 52.0 IP) in 9 starts. He has limited opponents to a .197 (37×188) average, while walking 25 and striking out 57.
LH reliever Nick Hill has allowed only 3 runs in his last 17.1 innings. Overall this season he has limited opponents to a .203 (13×64) average.
• We Gotcha!!…Jackson catchers lead the SL catching 56.1% of base stealers (23 CS, 41 Att).