May 2013

RosterPalooza Week Hits Generals

In the last 24 hours their have been eight roster moves affect the Generals roster and it seems finally that the wheel has stopped turning. I visited with Jackson manager Jim Pankovits for Friday night’s pregame show and we discussed the moves made and his thoughts and feelings about the last 24 hours. You can listen to that audio below.

In summary Brad Miller and Rich Poythress have swapped places. Carlton Tanabe and Mike Dowd are now the two Jackson catchers and Denny Almonte is now just a right-handed hitter and will make that adjustment in AA. He has been a switch hitter his entire career.

Brad Miller (Pam Deitz/Jackson Sun

Brad Miller is headed to Tacoma  (Pam Deitz/Jackson Sun

The Generals had a very cool moment earlier this afternoon on the bus ride from the hotel in Montgomery to the ballpark. Mariners Farm Director Chris Gwynn phoned Jim Pankovits and asked to speak to Brad Miller to give him the news of his promotion. After many “thank you’s” from Brad the team erupted with applause on the bus and nobody has been more worthy of it.

The Mariners added 2012 Jackson catcher Jesus Sucre to their active roster and also former Jackson short stop Carlos Triunfel. With those additions their are now four members of the 2012 Jackson team on the active roster and overall nine former Jackson players are on the active roster.

Listen to Pankovits react to roster moves below.

Game Central (Friday, May 24)

Anthony Fernandez picked up his 2nd win last night.

Anthony Fernandez picked up his 2nd win last night.

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
Archived Generals Interviews: Generals YouTube
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
Social Media: Twitter / Facebook

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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).

Game Central (Thursday, May 23)

Riverwalk Stadium - Montgomery, AL

Riverwalk Stadium – Montgomery, AL

Game #44: Jackson Generals (SEA) (19-24) at Montgomery Biscuits (TB) (22-23)
Site: Riverwalk Stadium – Montgomery, AL
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP Anthony Fernandez (1-0, 8.84) vs. RHP Matt Buschmann (5-2, 2.96)
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
Archived Generals Interviews: Generals YouTube
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
Social Media: Twitter / Facebook

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TODAY’S GAME: After back-to-back off days, the Generals begin a 5-game road series tonight in Montgomery against the Biscuits…coming off a 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… 22-year-old lefty Anthony Fernandez gets the start tonight…his 5th start of the season and 81st start of his career…made 3 starts against Montgomery last year and posted a 1-0 record, with a 2.00 ERA in 18 innings.

GENERALS RECAP: 1B Leury Bonilla knocked in 3 RBI as the Generals defeated Birmingham 7-1 on Monday afternoon in Jackson. Trailing 1-0 in the 4th inning, Jackson scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 4th inning and 2 more in the 6th. Bonilla (3×4, 2B, 3 RBI) led the team with 3 hits, while RF Julio Morbon (2×4, 2 R, 3B, 2 RBI) recorded the team’s only other multi-hit game. Starter Brett Shankin (5.0,2,1,1,5,2) earned his 3rd win, allowing only 1 run on 2 hits while walking 5 and striking out 2 in 5.0 innings. RH Moises Hernandez (3.0,0,0,0,0,4) and RH Carson Smith (1.0,0,0,0,1,1) combined to strike out 5 in 4.0 hitless innings in relief.

Hey Montgomery broadcaster Aaron Vargas, YOU ALREADY KNOW…that the Generals took 3 of 5 from Montgomery back in early April. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that the two teams have split their last 46 meetings dating back to 2011. (JXN 23, MTG 23). Jackson leads the all-time series, 74-72.

NEWS & NOTES: 20 of first 43 games have been 1-run games (6-14) which is 2nd in all of minors…25 of 43 games have been decided by 2-or-fewer runs (7-18) and 6 have been extra-inning games (2-4)…In games decided by 3+ runs the Generals are 12-6.
• 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 17 games, batting .381 (24×63) with 11 runs scored,5 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 13 RBI. During this 17-game stretch, since April 27, Morban leads the Southern League in average.
• SS Brad Miller has hit safely 10 of his last 12 games, batting .333 (15×45) with 5 runs scored, 1 double, 1 home run and 10 RBI.
• RH reliever Stephen Kohlscheen has not allowed a run in his last 9.1 innings in relief (5 G). He has allowed only 1 run in his last 16.1 innings in relief. During this stretch he limited opponent to a .172 (10×58) average, while walking 3 and striking out 20. Since April 21, Kohlscheen has lowered his season ERA from 6.35 to 2.05 in 8 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, while walking 10 and striking out 14.
We Gotcha!!…Jackson catchers Brandon Bantz and John Hicks lead the SL catching 56.1% of base stealers (23 CS, 41 Att).

HOSTING THE OVC: For the 4th year in a row The Ballpark at Jackson is hosting the Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Championship. This year the six-team, double-elimination tournament is going on now through Sunday and marks the 35th OVC Baseball Championship.

SERIES PREVIEW: Jackson at Montgomery

Jackson at Montgomery 5/23-5/27 @ Riverwalk Stadium – Montgomery, AL

Pitching Matchups:

May 23    7:05   LHP Anthony Fernandez (1-0, 8.84) vs. RHP Matt Buschmann (5-2, 2.96)
May 24    7:05   LHP Roenis Elias (2-3, 2.90) vs. RHP Jake Thompson (2-5, 7.09)
May 25    6:35   RHP Chance Ruffin (1-2, 2.87) vs. RHP Merrill Kelly (3-4, 3.81)
May 26    6:05   RHP Taijuan Walker (3-4, 2.77) vs. LHP Enny Romero (2-1, 4.58)
May 27    2:05   RHP Brett Shankin (3-1, 3.89) vs. RHP Victor Mateo (2-5, 6.90)

Scouting the Biscuits:

  • 9-11 record @home
  • Lost 4 of 5 last series @ Huntsville
  • RF Mikie Mahtook: 2nd in SL in RBIs w/ 34  (.227 average)
  • Thursday’s starter Matt Buschmann has some impressive numbers. 3rd in SL in Ks (51) and from 4/26 to 5/13 went a combined 27 innings, only 16 hits, 4 runs and 29 Ks. Definitely considered a strikeout pitcher.
  • Kevin Kiermaier doesn’t have the best average but the kid is a spark plug. Hits .292 when he leads off, 5th in SL in hits (47), 2nd in SL in runs scored (32) and triples (5). Only 1 error in 98 chances (.990)
  • The team is second to last in hitting (.233) and last in pitching (4.71). They don’t strike out a ton compared to other teams, 283 times, least in the SL.  On the opposite end of spectrum, they give up a lot of long balls. 41 HRs, the most in SL.
  • Juan Sandoval, their closer, is 9 of 10 in save opportunities. Lefties hit really well against him in limited innings. (5IP, 7.20 ERA).
  • Sandoval: Batters hitting .368 with runners in scoring position against him
  • Enny Romero, Biscuit’s Sunday starter, has pitched 12.2 scoreless innings over the last two starts, allowing only 6 hits, but 7 walks. He does have a 6.06 ERA at home though, not very impressive.
  • Famous alumni: Carl Crawford, Jorge Cantu, Johnny Gomes
  • 4/22: C.J. Riefenhauser was named SL pitcher of the week.
  • Catcher Keith Castillo was just called up from SS-A Hudson Valley on 5/18
    – Scouting report by Grant Braden –

Off Days Give Time to Reflect on Season

By Grant Braden

It has been a tough season thus far for the Jackson Generals. The 2012 North Division Champions sit eight games back of first place and are currently five games below the .500 mark. They just dropped four of five from the Tennessee Smokies, but were able to take the series against the Birmingham Barons, the team with the best record in the league.

There are plenty of bright spots on the Generals’ team though. Brad Miller is a top hitter in the Southern League, batting .289 with 23 RBIs. Outfielder Julio Morban’s average crept to .358 last week, as his Generals’ season-high hit streak came to a close at 12 games. The twenty-one year old was hitting .421 with runners in scoring position.  Finally, the pitching staff holds a 3.28 ERA, second best of the ten Southern League teams.

Taijuan Walker (Megan Smith/Jackson Sun

Taijuan Walker (Megan Smith/Jackson Sun

Among the solid pitching staff are three starters who are making a name in the organization. Taijuan Walker is the second top prospect in the Seattle Mariners’ farm system and he seems to show why with every start. In six of his nine starts, Walker has allowed one or fewer earned runs. He leads the Southern League in strikeouts (57) and is second in opponents batting average (.197). With runners in scoring position and two outs, Walker has held opponents to a .059 batting average. His fastball touches 96 mph and compliments well with a curveball that Walker can locate consistently.

If there were one reason why Walker is still in AA, it would be his command. The right-hander has walked 25 total, 12 of them being with runners on base. The Mariners’ may want to see how Walker will continue to respond as he goes through adversity at the AA level.

“I think he’s done a pretty good job of throwing his fastball where he wants it and spotting it up,” Jackson Generals manager Jim Pankovits said. “What’s next for him…will come down to command of his pitches, in particular his secondary pitches.”

Chance Ruffin got big league experience in 2011, splitting time between the Mariners and the Detroit Tigers. Ruffin appeared in 15 games in the majors.  He ended with a 9.31 ERA and opponents hit .395 against him, as the University of Texas alum couldn’t put the pieces together. After struggling in AAA Tacoma in 2012, Seattle’s twenty-seventh top prospect is trying to get back to the big leagues. He is one of five General players on the Mariners’ 40-man roster.

“(He is) just excelling in throwing first-pitch strikes and really commanding the fastball in the zone,” first-year Generals pitching coach Terry Clark said. “His mechanics have become a lot more smooth…which allows him to throw all his pitches for strikes.”

The right-hander has been steady throughout the season and has continued to pitch to his potential. Ruffin has heated up the last five starts. Those starts have included 28 strikeouts and a mere seven walks, getting Ruffin’s ERA to 2.87. He has not allowed more than two runs in those starts. Ruffin gave up two earned runs, throwing 112 pitches and striking out six, in his May 13th start against the Smokies (ND).

Roenis Elias has found his role as a back-of-the-rotation starter. Elias continues to eat up innings as he has gone at least six innings in every start except one. The southpaw has given up only six hits in thirty-four at-bats to lefties, who are hitting .176 off him. Elias has pitched well on the road, claiming a 2-0 record and a 1.82 ERA, as opponents are posting a .162 average against him away from the Ballpark in Jackson. The Cuban-native gets better deeper into starts, still not allowing any earned runs to score past the fourth inning.

Roenis Elias (Johnny Painter)

Roenis Elias (Johnny Painter)

“For him, it’s getting the feel of what’s working that day,” Clark said. “He’s trying to figure out what the hitters are doing, what he’s doing, what pitches are working, and then after that, you got no chance past the third inning.”

The Generals’ starting rotation is 13-10 with a 3.21 ERA coming into play. Most of that success is coming from three starters who are looking to move up in the organization as they showcase their skills with every start at the AA level.

“For us it’s just get ahead and attack the hitters,” Clark explained. “When we get behind in the count, we’re not that good, but we have been getting better and I expect us to be a lot better in the second half.

 

Game Central (Monday, May 20)

Forrest Snow pitched 3.1 scoreless innings of relief last night (Seth Chandler)

Forrest Snow pitched 3.1 scoreless innings of relief last night (Seth Chandler)

Game #43: Jackson Generals (SEA) (18-24) vs. Birmingham Barons (CHW) (28-16)
Site: The Ballpark in Jackson – Jackson, TN
Time: 12:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Brett Shankin (2-1, 4.22) vs. LHP Scott Snodgrass (5-2, 4.13)
Promotions: School Day
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 5:50) / GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App.
Online TV: MiLB.TV
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Archived Generals Interviews: Generals YouTube
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
Social Media: Twitter / Facebook

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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (18-24) wrap up their 10-game homestand (3-6) today with the rubber match of the 5-game series with Birmingham (CHW) (28-16). The Generals are 28-14 against the Barons in Jackson since 2008 and won the series last season, 6-4. 23-year-old righty Brett Shankin makes his 7th Generals start in game 5 of the series. Shankin is making his 33rd 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 all 4 of the team’s runs in the 8th inning, but their rally fell short as Jackson lost to Birmingham 10-4 on Sunday night. RF James Jones (2×4, R, 2B) led the team with 2 hits, while C Brandon Bantz (1×2, R, HR, 2 RBI), LF Leon Landry (1×4, R, 2B, RBI) and 2B Gabriel Noriega (1×4, R, 2B, RBI) combined to drive in all 4 of the Generals runs in the 8th inning. Starter Taijuan Walker (4.2,8,7,5,2,5) recorded his 4th loss of the season, allowing 7 runs (5 R) on 8 hits in 4.2 innings. RH Andrew Kittredge (1.0,6,3,3,2,1) allowed 3 runs in 1.0 inning of work, while RH Forrest Snow (3.1,1,0,0,0,3) allowed only 1 hit and struck out 3 in 3.1 innings in relief.

Hey Generals intern Chris Turpin, YOU ALREADY KNOW…that the Generals lost 10-6 on Sunday night. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that the 6-run loss was only 6th loss this season by more than 2 runs. The 15 hits allowed also tied a season-high by an opponent.

NEWS & NOTES: Jackson ranks T-3rd in the SL in batting (.250), 3rd in hits (351), 2nd in triples (13) and 4th in stolen bases (47). Jackson Pitching is 3rd in hits allowed (327), 2nd in ERA (3.34), 3rd in walks allowed (130) and 2nd in strikeouts (329),
• 20 of first 42 games have been 1-run games (6-14) which is 2nd in all of minors…25 of 42 games have been decided by 2-or-fewer runs (7-18) and 6 have been extra-inning games (2-4)…In games decided by 3+ runs the Generals are 11-6.
• RH Stephen Kohlscheen has not allowed a run in his last 9.1 innings in relief (5 G). He has allowed only 1 run in his last 16.1 innings in relief. During this stretch he limited opponent to a .172 (10×58) average, while walking 3 and striking out 20. Since April 21, Kohlscheen has lowered his season ERA from 6.35 to 2.05 in 8 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.
• SS Brad Miller has hit safely 10 of his last 11 games, batting .357 (15×42) with 5 runs scored, 1 double, 1 home run and 10 RBI.
We Gotcha!!…Jackson catchers Brandon Bantz and John Hicks lead the SL catching 56.4% of base stealers (22 CS, 39 Att).

WINDY CITY HOMESTAND: The Generals are in their longest homestand of the season, welcoming the Smokies (CHC) and 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.

Game Central (Sunday, May 19)

Tyler Burgoon struck out 4 in relief and got the win in Jackson's game 2 win last night (Seth Chandler)

Tyler Burgoon struck out 4 in relief and got the win in Jackson’s game 2 win last night (Seth Chandler)

Game #42: Jackson Generals (SEA) (18-23) vs. Birmingham Barons (CHW) (27-16)
Site: The Ballpark in Jackson – Jackson, TN
Time: 6:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Taijuan Walker (3-3, 2.09) vs. RHP Nick McCully (2-1, 4.50)
Promotions: Kids Run the Bases, Do The Right Thing Night
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 5:50) / GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App.
Online TV: MiLB.TV
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Archived Generals Interviews: Generals YouTube
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
Social Media: Twitter / Facebook

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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (18-23) continue their 10-game homestand in 9 days (3-5) tonight with game #4 of the 5-game series in 4 days with Birmingham (CHW) (27-16). The Generals dropped 4 of 5 from Tennessee in the previous series. Last season Jackson won 6 of 10 meetings against the Barons. 20-year-old righty Taijuan Walker makes his team-leading 9th start of the season tonight. This is his 52nd career start and 34th for Jackson…made 2 starts against Birmingham last season and was 1-1, with a 4.09 ERA.

GENERALS RECAP: The Generals scored a run in the bottom of the 7th inning, but it wasn’t enough as Jackson fell to Birmingham 2-1 in Game 1 on Saturday. Starter Chance Ruffin (5.0,3,2,2,0,6,2HR) recorded the loss, despite allowing only 2 solo home runs in 5.0 innings. LH Nick Hill (2.0,4,0,0,0,0) allowed 4 hit in 2.0 scoreless innings in relief. LF Leon Landry (1×3, 2B), 2B Brad Miller (1×3), 3B Vinnie Catricala (1×3, R, HR, RBI), RF Julio Morban (1×3, 2B), 1B Steven Proscia (1×3) and SS Gabriel Noriega (1×2) each recorded 1 of Jackson’s 6 hits in the game. 2B Gabriel Noriega (2) and 1B Leury Bonilla (3) combined to drive in 5 runs in the 5th inning as Jackson defeated Birmingham 6-2 in Game 2 on Saturday. Eight of the 9 players in the starting lineup recorded at least 1 hit, while CF Leon Landry (3×3, R), Bonilla (2×2, 2B, 3 RBI, BB) and C Brandon Bantz (2×2, R, 2B, BB) each recorded multi-hit games. Noriega (1×3, R, 2B, 2 RBI, Sac) and DH Steven Proscia (1×4, R, RBI) each picked up at least 1 RBI in the game. Starter Kyle Hunter (4.0,5,2,2,1,1,HR) allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in 4.0 innings, but didn’t figure into the decision. RH Tyler Burgoon (2.0,4,0,0,0,4) stuck out 4 batters in 2.0 scoreless innings in relief to earn his 2nd win of the season. RH Carson Smith (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) retired all 3 batters faced in the 9th inning to secure the win.

Hey Barons broadcaster Curt Bloom, YOU ALREADY KNOW…that the Generals are 2-1 in the current series against Birmingham. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that Jackson is 28-13 since 2008 against the Barons in games played at The Ballpark in Jackson. That is a .682 winning percentage.

NEWS & NOTES: Jackson ranks 3rd in the SL in batting (.251), 3rd in hits (343), 2nd in triples (13) and 4th in stolen bases (47). Jackson leads the league in hits allowed (312), 2nd in ERA (3.21), 3rd in walks allowed (125) and 4th in strikeouts (320),
• 20 of first 41 games have been 1-run games (6-14) which is 2nd in all of minors…25 of 41 games have been decided by 2-or-fewer runs (7-18) and 6 have been extra-inning games (2-4)…In games decided by 3+ runs the Generals are 11-5.
• RH Stephen Kohlscheen has not allowed a run in his last 9.1 innings in relief (5 G). He has allowed only 1 run in his last 16.1 innings in relief. During this stretch he limited opponent to a .172 (10×58) average, while walking 3 and striking out 20. Since April 21, Kohlscheen has lowered his season ERA from 6.35 to 2.05 in 8 games in relief.
• RHP Taijuan Walker allowed 4 runs in 5.1 innings in his last start, after allowing only 2 earned runs in his previous 5 starts (6 R). Overall this season, he is 3-3 with a 2.23 ERA (10 ER, 41.1 IP) in 7 starts. He has limited opponents to a .176 (25×142) average, while walking 22 and striking out 46.
• INF Vinnie Catricala has hit safely in 10 of his last 13 with 7 multi-hit games, batting .435 (20×46) with 13 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 9 RBI and 5 walks.
• SS Brad Miller has hit safely 9 of his last 10 games, batting .350 (14×40) with 5 runs scored, 1 double, 1 home run and 10 RBI.
We Gotcha!!…Jackson catchers Brandon Bantz and John Hicks lead the SL catching 55.3% of base stealers (22 CS, 38 Att).

WINDY CITY HOMESTAND: The Generals are in their longest homestand of the season, welcoming the Smokies (CHC) and 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.

Game Central (Saturday, May 18)

Steven Proscia broke an 0-for-23 with game winning double in 7th last night. (Megan Smith/Jackson Sun)

Steven Proscia broke an 0-for-23 with game winning double in 7th last night. (Megan Smith/Jackson Sun)


Game #40/41:
Jackson Generals (SEA) (17-22) vs. Birmingham Barons (CHW) (26-15)
Site: The Ballpark in Jackson – Jackson, TN
Time: 4:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up:
Game 1: RHP Chance Ruffin (1-1, 2.79) vs. RHP Erik Johnson (2-2, 2.58)
Game 2: LHP Kyle Hunter (0-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Wes Whisler (0-1, 6.28)
Promotions: National Guard Night, Patriotic Themed Fireworks
Radio: 96.5 ESPN Radio (pregame 3:50) / GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App.
Online TV: MiLB.TV
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Archived Generals Interviews: Generals YouTube
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (17-22) continue their 10-game homestand in 9 days (2-4) tonight with a scheduled doubleheader, games #2 and 3 of a 5-game series in 4 days with Birmingham (CHW) (26-15). The Generals dropped 4 of 5 from Tennessee in the previous series. Last season Jackson won 6 of 10 meetings against the Barons. RHP Chance Ruffin will make his 8th start of the season in game 1 of the doubleheader while LHP Kyle Hunter will make his 1st start of the season in game 2.

GENERALS RECAP: 1B Steven Proscia hit a RBI double in the 7th inning to break a 1-1 tie as Jackson defeated Birmingham 2-1 on Friday night. CF Francisco Martinez (2×2, 2B, RBI) recorded 2 of the Generals 2 hits, while Proscia (1×3, 2B, RBI) and 3B Vinnie Catricala (1×3, R) each recorded 1 hit. Starter Roenis Elias (6.0,3,1,1,2,5) allowed 1 run on 3 hits and struck out 5 in 6.0 innings, but didn’t figure into the decision. RH Stephen Kohlscheen (3.0,1,0,0,1,7) recorded his 2nd win of the season, allowing 1 hit and striking out 7 in 3.0 scoreless innings.

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Birmingham 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1
Jackson 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 X 2 4 1

YOU ALREADY KNOW…that the Generals won last night’s game 2-1. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that it was Jackson’s 6th win during a 1-run game this season in 19 chances.

NEWS & NOTES: Jackson ranks 3rd in the SL in batting (.247), 3rd in hits (325), 2nd in triples (13) and 4th in stolen bases (47). Jackson leads the league in hits allowed (296), 3rd in ERA (3.25), 3rd in walks allowed (124) and 4th in strikeouts (308),
• 19 of first 39 games have been 1-run games (6-13) which is 2nd in all of minors…24 of 39 games have been decided by 2-or-fewer runs (7-17) and 6 have been extra-inning games (2-4)…In games decided by 3+ runs the Generals are 10-5.
• RHP Taijuan Walker allowed 4 runs in 5.1 innings in his last start, after allowing only 2 earned runs in his previous 5 starts (6 R). Overall this season, he is 3-3 with a 2.23 ERA (10 ER, 41.1 IP) in 7 starts. He has limited opponents to a .176 (25×142) average, while walking 22 and striking out 46.
• INF Vinnie Catricala has hit safely in 8 of his last 11 with 7 multi-hit games, batting .450 (18×40) with 11 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 8 RBI and 4 walks.
• SS Brad Miller went 0x4 yesterday snapping his hitting streak at 8 games. During the streak he hit .394 (13×33) with 5 runs scored, 1 double, 1 home run and 10 RBI.
We Gotcha!!…Jackson catchers Brandon Bantz and John Hicks lead the SL catching 54.1% of base stealers (20 CS, 37 Att).

WINDY CITY HOMESTAND: The Generals are in 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.

“Mr. Mariner” Alvin Davis Interview

Mariner great Alvin Davis, now an instructor with Seattle’s player development was in Jackson this week and took time to do an interview.

Game Central (Friday, May 17)

Roenis Elias starts tonight vs. Birmingham (Pam Deitz/Jackson Sun)

Roenis Elias starts tonight vs. Birmingham (Pam Deitz/Jackson Sun)

Game #39: Jackson Generals (SEA) (16-22) vs. Birmingham Barons (CHW) (26-14)
Site: The Ballpark in Jackson – Jackson, TN
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP Roenis Elias (2-3, 3.09) vs. LHP Spencer Arroyo (3-1, 1.99)
Promotions: $10,000 Cash Giveaway
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
Archived Generals Interviews: Generals YouTube
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals (16-22) continue their 10-game homestand in 9 days tonight with game #1 of a 5-game series in 4 days with Birmingham (CHW) (26-14). The Generals dropped 4 of 5 from Tennessee in the previous series. Last season Jackson won 6 of 10 meetings against the Barons. 24-year-old Roenis Elias makes his seventh start for the Generals. This is his 41st overall start in his pro career. Jackson is 2-4 in his starts this season despite the 3.19 ERA in those games.

GENERALS RECAP: 3B Vinnie Catricala hit his 1st home run, but it wasn’t enough as Jackson lost to Tennessee 4-6 on Thursday night. Catricala (2×4, R, HR, 2 RBI) recorded the team’s only multi-hit game, while SS Brad Miller (1×4) and CF Francisco Martinez (1×3, 2B, BB) each recorded 1 of the Generals 4 hits. Starter Anthony Fernandez (5.0,5,4,4,1,2,2HR) allowed 4 runs on 5 hits in 5.0 innings, but didn’t figure into decision. Relievers Carson Smith (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) and Jonathan Arias (1.0,1,0,0,0,0) combined to hold the Smokies scoreless over the final 2.0 innings.

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tennessee 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 6 8 0
Jackson 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 4 0

YOU ALREADY KNOW…that Jackson lost 4 of 5 games to the Smokies in the previous series. But, DID YOU KNOW?…that it is the first time this season that the Generals have dropped four games in a series.

NEWS & NOTES: Jackson ranks 3rd in the SL in batting (.249), 3rd in hits (321), 2nd in triples (13) and 4th in stolen bases (47). Jackson leads the league in hits allowed (292), 3rd in ERA (3.31), 3rd in walks allowed (121) and 4th in strikeouts (296),
• 18 of first 38 games have been 1-run games (5-13) which is 2nd in all of minors…23 of 38 games have been decided by 2-or-fewer runs (6-17) and 6 have been extra-inning games (2-4)…In games decided by 3+ runs the Generals are 10-5.
• RHP Taijuan Walker allowed 4 runs in 5.1 innings in his last start, after allowing only 2 earned runs in his previous 5 starts (6 R). Overall this season, he is 3-3 with a 2.23 ERA (10 ER, 41.1 IP) in 7 starts. He has limited opponents to a .176 (25×142) average, while walking 22 and striking out 46.
• OF Julio Morban went 0x4 Thursday snapping his hitting streak at 12 games. During the streak he hit .426 (20×47) with 8 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 11 RBI….Longest by a JXN player this year. T-4th-longest this season in the SL.
• SS Brad Miller has hit safely in 8 straight games, which is the longest active hitting streak on the club, batting .394 (13×33) with 5 runs scored, 1 double, 1 home run and 10 RBI.
We Gotcha!!…Jackson catchers Brandon Bantz and John Hicks lead the SL catching 52.8% of base stealers (19 CS, 36 Att).

WINDY CITY HOMESTAND: The Generals are in 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.