Game Central (Wednesday, May 29)
Game #50:Jackson Generals (SEA) (23-26) vs. Huntsville Stars (MIL) (22-29)
Site: The Ballpark at Jackson – Jackson, TN
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP Anthony Fernandez (2-0, 6.66) vs. RHP Ariel Pena (4-3, 2.77)
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TODAY’S GAME: the Generals face the Huntsville Stars tonight in game #2 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)…the Generals are 4-2 against Huntsville this season and will play their North Division rivals 20 times in 2013. 22-year-old Anthony Fernandez makes his 6th start of the year tonight for Jackson. In 3 career starts against Huntsville Fernandez is 2-1, with a 5.63 ERA. He made a start earlier this season against Huntsville on 5/11 and picked up the win.
GENERALS RECAP: RF James Jones hit a walk-off 1-out RBI single as Jackson defeated Huntsville 5-4 on Tuesday night. The game marked the 23rd one-run contest Jackson has participated in and only its 7th win. The Generals held a 4-2 lead before allowing the Stars to tie the game with a run in the 7th and 9th inning. Starter Erasmo Ramirez, who was reinstated from the disabled list earlier in the day, allowed 2 runs (1 ER) on 3 hits in 5.0 innings in his 2013 season debut. Ramirez walked 2 and struck out 3, while throwing 71 pitchers (41 strikes). LH Nick Hill (1.2,2,1,1,1,1) allowed 1 run in 1.2 innings, while RH Stephen Kohlscheen (1.1,0,0,0,0,1) tossed 1.1 scoreless innings. RH Tyler Burgoon (1.0,2,1,1,1,1,HR) recorded his 3rd win of the season, despite allowing a game-tying home run in the top of the 9th inning. CF Denny Almonte (2×4, R, RBI), RF James Jones (2×5, RBI), C Michael Dowd (2×5, R, 2B), SS Gabriel Noriega (2×4, 2 R) and PH/2B Leury Bonilla (2×3, RBI) each recorded 2 of Jackson’s 12 hits.
YOU ALREADY KNOW…that the Generals walked off with the 5-4 win in the 9th last night. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that was Jackson’s 23rd 1-run game moving again past AAA Gwinnett (ATL) of the International League for the most 1-run games in Minor League Baseball.
NEWS & NOTES: 23 of first 49 games have been 1-run games (7-16) which is the most in all of minors…29 of 49 games have been decided by 2-or-fewer runs (9-20) and 6 have been extra-inning games (2-4)…In games decided by 3+ runs the Generals are 13-6.
• The Seattle Generals…In yesterday’s 6-1 loss to San Diego 2012 Generals C Jesus Sucre and 2B Nick Franklin were in the lineup and Brandon Maurer started on the mound, suffering the loss. Sucre caught 17 of Maurer’s 24 starts in Jackson last year.
• Jesus Sucre (0x2, RBI) tallied his first MLB RBI with a sacrifice fly to RF in the 2nd
• Nick Franklin made his first MLB start last night, earning the nod at 2B…he went 0-for-4, reaching on a FC in the 2nd
• 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 13.0 innings in relief (8 G). He has allowed only 1 run in his last 20.0 innings in relief. During this stretch he limited opponent to a .137 (10×73) average, while walking 3 and striking out 25. Since April 21, Kohlscheen has lowered his season ERA from 6.35 to 1.75 in 11 games in relief.
• RHP Taijuan Walker allowed 11 earned runs over his last 4 starts (23.0 innings), after allowing only 2 earned runs in his previous 5 starts (6 R) from April 10- May 1. Overall this season, he is 3-5 with a 2.59 ERA (17 ER, 52.0 IP) in 9 starts. He has limited opponents to a .197 (37×188) average, while walking 25 and striking out 57.
• We Gotcha!!…Jackson catchers lead the SL catching 56.8% of base stealers (25 CS, 44 Att). The next closest is Jacksonville which is throwing out 39% of base runners.