Game Central (Friday, June 14) at Birmingham

Photo taken by Generals' trainer Eddie Tamaz during the 2nd inning of last night;s game. Storms passing through created a unique sky.

Photo taken by Generals’ trainer Eddie Tamaz during the 2nd inning of last night’s game. Storms passing through created a unique sky.

Game #63: Jackson Generals (SEA) (28-34) at Birmingham Barons (CHW) (41-25)
Site: Regions Field – Birmingham, AL
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Taijuan Walker (3-6, 2.52) vs. RHP Nick McCully (6-1, 2.93)
Radio: Pregame Show (6:50) 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

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TODAY’S GAME: the Generals continue a 5-game road series against the SL North 1st half Champion Birmingham Barons with game #2 of the series (1-0)…the Barons’ 41 wins is the most in the league…Jackson leads the season series 4-2 and will meet Birmingham 15 times in 2013… 20-year-old righty Taijuan Walker makes his team-leading 13th start of the season in game 2 of the series. This is his 56th career start and 38th for Jackson…Walker leads the league in strikeouts, ranks 2nd in opp. batting average and 9th in ERA.

GENERALS RECAP: The Generals scored 6 runs over the 3rd and 4th innings, including a 4-run 3rd inning as Jackson came-from-behind to defeat Birmingham 7-2 on Thursday. 2B Jack Marder (2×4, 2 R, 2B, RBI) led the team with 2 hits, while SS Gabriel Noriega (1×3, 2 RBI) and RF James Jones (1×4, 2B, 2 RBI) each knocked in 2 of the Generals 7 runs. Starter Roenis Elias (7.0,7,1,1,0,5) recoreded his 3rd win, allowing 1 run on 7 hits in 7.0 innings. RH Tyler Burgoon (1.0,0,0,0,1,1) tossed a scoreless 8th inning, while RH Carson Smith (1.0,1,1,1,1,0) allowed a run in the bottom of the 9th inning before closing out the game.

YOU ALREADY KNOW… that today’s starter Taijuan Walker has a team-best 2.52 ERA and leads the league with 77 strikeouts, but DID YOU KNOW?…that the Generals are just 3-9 in his starts and have scored 9 total runs in his last 6 starts (1.5 runs per start).

NEWS & NOTES: 27 of first 62 games have been 1-run games (10-17) which is the most in all of minors…38 of 62 games have been decided by 2-or-fewer runs (13-25) and 6 have been extra-inning games (2-4)…In games decided by 3+ runs the Generals are 15-9.
TODAY’S TRANSACTIONS: None
SEATTLE GENERALS:…their are currently 6 players on the Mariners active roster that were members of the 2012 Jackson Generals (INF Nick Franklin, C Jesus Sucre (15-day DL), C Mike Zunino, RHP Carter Capps and RHP Yoervis Medina). In total, seven 2012 Generals have made their MLB debuts and two 2013 Generals. (C Brandon Bantz, RHP Hector Noesi)
• NORIEGA’S SPORTS CENTER LOVE: The 6-3 triple play started by Gabriel Noriega to end game one of Monday night’s doublheader against Chattanooga was Monday night’s #3 play on ESPN Sports Center’s top 10 plays.
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL…JACKSON: RH Taijuan Walker is 0-2 in his last 3 starts, despite allowing only 4 runs in 19.0 innings (1.89 ERA). During this stretch he limited opponents to a .184 average (12×65), while walking 4 and striking out 20.
FINALLY ON TOP: Generals OF Julio Morban leads the league with a .316 batting average. He missed 2 weeks in April due to a groin injury and just reached the plate appearances to qualify for league leaders.
BROOKLYN’S FINEST: OF James Jones has hit safely in 8 of his last 9 games, batting .333 (11×33) with 5 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 8 RBI.
SOLDIER ON THE HILL: After allowing 2 runs in his first relief outing on April 5, LH Nick Hill has allowed only 3 runs in his last 27.0 innings (1.00 ERA). Overall this season he has limited opponents to a .194 (19×98) average, while walking 13 and striking out 20.
FIRST LOOK AT REGIONS FIELD: In April, the Barons played their 1st game in their new ballpark, Regions Field. The state-of-the-art 8,500 seat $64 million facility in the heart of downtown replaced Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, the home of the Barons since 1988. The crown jewel of Birmingham’s newly developed Parkside District, features a variety of unique seating areas, creating an intimate atmosphere and offering unique views of the downtown skyline, UAB, Children’s Hospital, Vulcan and Red Mountain.
WE GOTCHA!!…Jackson catchers lead the SL catching 56.9% of base stealers (29 CS, 51 Att). The next closest is Mobile which is throwing out 34.3% of base runners.

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