Game #49: Jackson Generals (SEA) (22-26) vs. Huntsville Stars (MIL) (22-28)
Site: The Ballpark at Jackson – Jackson, TN
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (0-0, –) vs. RHP Jimmy Nelson (5-3, 2.98)
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TODAY’S GAME: the Generals face the Huntsville Stars tonight in the first of a 5-game series at The Ballpark at Jackson…Jackson has won the past 2 series over Birmingham (3-2) and Montgomery (3-2)…this season the Generals are 3-2 against Huntsville and will play their North Division rivals 20 times. 23-year-old right-hander Erasmo Ramirez makes the start for Jackson. Ramirez’ last Jackson start came on 7/27/11 at Chattanooga. Ramirez was optioned to Tacoma on 3/27 and began the season on the Tacoma DL. This is his first start of the season.
GENERALS RECAP: The Generals scored a run in the top of the 6th inning to tie the game 3-3 and scored 6 runs in the top of the 8th inning as Jackson defeated Montgomery 9-3 on Sunday afternoon. Seven of the 9 players in the Generals starting lineup knocked in at least 1 run, including 2 RBI by C Carlton Tanabe (1×3, R, 2 RBI, BB) and SS Gabriel Noriega (1×4, 2 RBI). 3B Vinnie Catricala (2×4, R, BB), RF Julio Morban (2×5, R, RBI) and 1B Rich Poythress (2×3, 3 R, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 BB) each recorded 2 of the Generals 10 hits. Starter Brett Shankin (5.1,7,3,3,4,3) allowed 3 runs on 7 hits in 5.1 innings, but didn’t figure into the decision. RH Moises Hernandez (1.2,0,0,0,0,0) earned his first win of the season, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings in relief. LH Kyle Hunter (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) and RH Carson Smith (1.0,1,0,0,0,1) combined to hold the Biscuits scoreless over the final 2.0 innings to secure the win.
YOU ALREADY KNOW…that RHP Erasmo Ramirez will make his 1st start of the season tonight. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that he is the 9th different starting pitcher the Generals have had this season (Elias, Fernandez, Gillheeney, Hunter, Noesi, Ruffin, Shankin and Walker are the others.
NEWS & NOTES: 22 of first 48 games have been 1-run games (6-16) which is 2nd in all of minors…28 of 48 games have been decided by 2-or-fewer runs (8-20) and 6 have been extra-inning games (2-4)…In games decided by 3+ runs the Generals are 13-6.
• The Seattle Generals…with the addition of Nick Franklin to the Mariners active roster Monday, now 5 members of the 2012 Generals are on the roster. INF Nick Franklin, C Jesus Sucre, RHP Brandon Maurer, RHP Yoervis Medina and RHP Carter Capps.
• OF Leon Landry went 0-for-5 yesterday, snapping his hitting streak at 7 games. During the streak he hit .333 (9×27) with 5 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 4 RBI.
• LH Kyle Hunter has not allowed a run in his last 6.2 innings in relief (3 G). During this stretch he has limited opponets to a .130 (3×23) average, while walking 3 and striking out 9.
• RH Carson Smith held opponents scoreless over his last 7.0 innings (7 G), while not allowing an earned run in his last 10.0 innings in relief. After allowing 2 runs in back-to-back outings April 17 and 19, Smith has lowered his season ERA from 8.44 to 2.93. During this 9 game span, he has limited opponent to a .114 (4×35), while walking 1 and striking out 13.
• 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 19.1 innings. Overall this season he has limited opponents to a .200 (14×70) average, while walking 10 and striking out 15.
• RHP Taijuan Walker currently ranks 6th in the SL with a 2.59 ERA, 1st in strikeouts with 63, 3rd in innings pitched, 59.0, 2nd in opponents batting average, .190 and1st in strikeouts per 9 innings, 9.61.
• We Gotcha!!…Jackson catchers lead the SL catching 56.8% of base stealers (24 CS, 43 Att). The next closest is Jacksonville which is throwing out 39.5% of base runners.