Game Central (Thursday, May 30)
Game #51: Jackson Generals (SEA) (23-27) vs. Huntsville Stars (MIL) (23-29)
Site: The Ballpark at Jackson – Jackson, TN
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP Roenis Elias (2-4, 2.88) vs. RHP Taylor Jungmann (4-5, 4.82)
Promotions: Dollar Night (MobileNation), Postgame Concert by Adrenaline
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 play the middle game of their 5-game series with the Huntsville Stars tonight at The Ballpark at Jackson…Jackson has won the past 2 series over Birmingham (3-2) and Montgomery (3-2) coming into this series…the Generals are 4-3 against Huntsville this season and will play their North Division rivals 20 times in 2013. 24-year-old Roenis Elias makes his 10th start for the Generals tonight and 2nd against Huntsville…his 44th overall start in his career. Jackson is 3-6 in his starts this season despite his 2.88 ERA in those games.
GENERALS RECAP: The Generals scored 4 runs over the final 3 innings, but their rally fell short at Jackson lost to Huntsville 6-5 on Wendesday night. The game marked the 24th one-run contest Jackson has participated in and have gone 7-17 in those games. The Generals out-hit the Stars 11-10, including multi-hit contests by CF Denny Almonte (2×6, 2 R, HR, RBI), LF James Jones (2×5, 2 RBI, SB) and RF Julio Morban (2×5, 2B). Almonte recorded his 2nd home run of the season with a solo blast to lead off the 7th inning, while DH Vinnie Catricala (1×3, R, HR, RBI, 2 BB) hit solo home run to lead off the 9th inning, his 3rd of the season. Starter Anthony Fernandez (4.2,5,4,4,1,6) recorded his first loss of the season, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and struck out 6 in 4.2 innings. RH Moises Hernandez (2.1,4,2,2,1,2,HR) allowed 2 runs, including a solo home run in the 6th inning, while LF Kyle Hunter (2.0,1,0,0,0,1,0) tossed 2.0 scoreless innings in relief.
YOU ALREADY KNOW… that OF Julio Morban is batting .331 (39×118) with 3 home runs and 17 RBI this season. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that because he only has 128 plate appearances or 2.52 per Jackson game this year he is not eligible for the league leaders. Once he reaches 2.7 PA/team games he will be eligible
NEWS & NOTES: 24 of first 50 games have been 1-run games (7-17) which is the most in all of minors…30 of 50 games have been decided by 2-or-fewer runs (9-21) and 6 have been extra-inning games (2-4)…In games decided by 3+ runs the Generals are 13-6.
• The Seattle Generals…there are currently 4 players on the Mariners active roster that were members of the 2012 Jackson Generals (INF Nick Franklin, C Jesus Sucre, RHP Carter Capps and RHP Yoervis Medina). In total, 5 2012 Generals have made their MLB debuts.
• Triple-A Tacoma’s bats go crazy… The Rainiers recorded 30 hits and cruised past Colorado Springs 25-6 on Wednesday night. Tacoma collected the franchise’s most hits and runs scored in a single game since the Rainiers era began in 1995. The Rainiers recorded 5-or-more runs in 3 different innings. Tacoma’s lead grew to as large as 25-1 after posting a season high 7 runs in the 7th. Four Rainiers recorded at least 4 hits, and a total of 9 players turned in multi-hit outings. CF Abraham Almonte (6×6, 4 R, 2 RBI, BB) recorded 6 singles and became the first Rainiers player to collect 6 hits in a single game since Jerry Owens in 2005.
• LH Kyle Hunter has not allowed a run in his last 8.2 innings in relief (4 G). During this stretch he has limited opponets to a .133 (4×30) average, while walking 3 and striking out 10.
• 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 54.2% of base stealers (26 CS, 48 Att). The next closest is Jacksonville which is throwing out 39% of base runners.