Game Central (Saturday, June 15) at Birmingham

Former General Mike Zunino blasted his first MLB HR last night in Oakland. (THEARON W. HENDERSON/GETTY IMAGES)

Former General Mike Zunino blasted his first MLB HR last night in Oakland. (THEARON W. HENDERSON/GETTY IMAGES)

Game #64: Jackson Generals (SEA) (28-35) at Birmingham Barons (CHW) (42-25)
Site: Regions Field – Birmingham, AL
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP James Gillheeney (2-1, 2.39) vs. RHP Stephen McCray (6-4, 3.82)
Radio: Pregame Show (6:15) 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

Lineup  Generals Roster | 2013 Regular Season Statistics | SL Standings | SL Leaders | Generals PromotionsMLB Game Notes | Mariners Roster | MLB Standings

TODAY’S GAME: the Generals play the middle game of a 5-game road series against the SL North 1st half Champion Birmingham Barons with game #3 of the series (1-1)…the Barons’ 42 wins is the most in the league…Jackson leads the season series 4-3 and will meet Birmingham 15 times in 2013… 25-year-old lefty James Gillheeney starts for Jackson…this is his 11th start of the season and 6th for Jackson…this is his 2nd  career start against the Barons…last on 8/7/11 at Hoover…took no decision in 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits striking out 3 and walking 3.

GENERALS RECAP: The Generals allowed 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to break a 0-0 tie as Jackson lost to Birmingham 4-1 on Friday night. CF Denny Almonte (1×4, RBI) recorded an RBI single in the top of the 8th inning to get Jackson on the board. SS Gabriel Noriega (1×2, BB) recorded the Generals only other hit in the game. Starter Taijuan Walker (6.0,3,2,2,1,7) recorded his 7th loss of the season, allowing 2 runs on 3 hits in 6.0 innings. He tossed 6.0 shutout innings before being charged with 2 runs in bottom of the 7th without recording an out. LH Nick Hill (1.0,3,1,1,0,1) and RH Stephen Shackleford (0.2,1,1,1,2,0) each allowed a run in relief, while RH Kyle Hunter (0.0,0,0,0,0,0) retired the only batter faced, stranding 2 runners in the bottom of the 8th inning.

YOU ALREADY KNOW… that the Generals have a 4-3 record this season against the first half North Champion Birmingham Barons, but DID YOU KNOW?…that the Generals are one of only 2 teams with a winning record vs. the Barons this season. The other is Montgomery (8-7).

NEWS & NOTES: 27 of first 63 games have been 1-run games (10-17) which is the most in all of minors…38 of 63 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 15-10.
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 0-3 in his last 4 starts, despite allowing only 6 runs in 25.1 innings (2.13 ERA). During this stretch he limited opponents to a .153 average (13×85), while walking 5 and striking out 27.
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 10 games, batting .306 (11×36) with 5 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 8 RBI.
SOLDIER ON THE HILL: LH Nick Hill has allowed only 4 runs in his last 28.0 innings (1.29 ERA). Overall this season he has limited opponents to a .212 (22×104) average, while walking 13 and striking out 21.
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 56.4% of base stealers (31 CS, 55 Att). The next closest is Mobile which is throwing out 34.7% of base runners.

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