Game Central (Wednesday, June 5)
Game #55: Jackson Generals (SEA) (23-31) at Tennessee Smokies (CHC) (31-26)
Site: Smokies Park – Kodak, TN
Time: 6:15 p.m. (CT)
Pitching Match-up: LHP Anthony Fernandez (2-1, 6.83) vs. RHP Alberto Cabrera (5-2, 3.70)
Radio: Pregame Show (6:00) 96.5 ESPN, TuneIn Radio, GAMEDAY AUDIO
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
TODAY’S GAME: the Generals will try to stop a season-long 5-game losing skid tonight in game #4 of the 5-game road series at Tennessee…the Generals had 2 games cancelled in the last series at home vs. Huntsville (1-2)…the Generals are 1-6 against the Smokies this season after going 17-7 against the Smokies in 2012. 22-year-old Anthony Fernandez makes his 7th start of the year at Tennessee in game 4 of the series. In 2 career starts against Tennessee Fernandez has no record and an 8.00 ERA. Fernandez took a no decision against the Smokies at home back on May 16th.
GENERALS RECAP: The Generals held a 6-4 lead after 4 innings, but allowed 1 run in the 5th and 3 more in the bottom of the 7th inning as Jackson lost to Tennessee 8-6 on Tuesday night. The loss was Jackson’s 5th straight. Starter Chance Ruffin (4.0,7,4,4,3,1,HR) allowed all 4 runs in the 2nd inning, including a 2-out 2-run home run, but didn’t figure into the decision. RH Stephen Kohlsceen (2.0,3,1,1,1,2,HR) allowed a solo home run in the 5th inning, while RH Tyler Burgoon (0.2,4,3,3,0,1) picked up his 2nd loss of the season after allowing 3 runs in the 7th innings. LH Nick Hill (1.0,1,0,0,0,1) allowed one of 2 inherited runners to score, while RH Carson Smith (0.1,0,0,0,0,1) struck out the only batter faced to close out the game. 3B Leury Bonilla recorded the team’s only multi-hit game, while LF James Jones (1×4, 2 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB), 2B Jack Marder (1×4, R, 2B, RBI) and RF Julio Morbon (1×3, RBI, BB) combined to drive in 4 runs for the Generals.
YOU ALREADY KNOW… that 2013 Jackson catcher Brandon Bantz was promoted to Seattle today but, DID YOU KNOW?…that Bantz is the second member of the 2013 Generals to get promoted to Seattle this season. The other was former Jackson starter Hector Noesi who is now a long reliever for the Mariners.
NEWS & NOTES: 24 of first 54 games have been 1-run games (7-17) which is the most in all of minors…32 of 54 games have been decided by 2-or-fewer runs (9-23) and 6 have been extra-inning games (2-4)…In games decided by 3+ runs the Generals are 13-8.
• The Seattle Generals…there are currently 5 players on the Mariners active roster that were members of the 2012 Jackson Generals (INF Nick Franklin, C Jesus Sucre, C Brandon Bantz, RHP Carter Capps and RHP Yoervis Medina). In total, six 2012 Generals have made their MLB debuts.
• OF Julio Morban has hit safely in 6 his last 7 games, batting .407 (11×27) with 1 run scored, 2 doubles and 1 RBI.
• After allowing 2 runs in his first relief outing on April 5, LH Nick Hill has allowed only 3 runs in his last 21.1 innings. Overall this season he has limited opponents to a .205 (17×83) average, while walking 11 and striking out 17.
• RH Stephen Kohlscheen allowed a run in the 5th inning on June 4 vs. Tennessee, snapping his scoreless inning streak at 13.0 games (8 G) He has allowed only 2 earned runs in his last 22.0 innings in relief. During this stretch he limited opponent to a .159 (13×82) average, while walking 4 and striking out 27. Since April 21, Kohlscheen has lowered his season ERA from 6.35 to 1.95 in 12 games in relief.
• LH Kyle Hunter has not allowed a run in his last 8.2 innings in relief (4 G). During this stretch he has limited opponents to a .133 (4×30) average, while walking 3 and striking out 10.
• RHP Taijuan Walker allowed 13 earned runs over his last 5 starts (28.0 innings), after allowing only 2 earned runs in his previous 5 starts (6 R) from April 10-May 1. Overall this season, he is 3-6 with a 2.67 ERA (19 ER, 57.0 IP) in 10 starts. He has limited opponents to a .202 (46×228) average, while walking 29 and striking out 68.
• We Gotcha!!…Jackson catchers lead the SL catching 55.1% of base stealers (27 CS, 49 Att). The next closest is Jacksonville which is throwing out 35.4% of base runners.