Game Central (Monday, June 16) at Birmingham

Tyler Salidino capped Birmingham's 5-run 9th yesterday with a walk-off single. (John Shadrick)

Tyler Salidino capped Birmingham’s 5-run 9th yesterday with a walk-off single. (John Shadrick)

Game #65: Jackson Generals (SEA) (29-36) at Birmingham Barons (CHW) (43-26)
Site: Regions Field – Birmingham, AL
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP Anthony Fernandez (3-2, 6.28) vs. RHP Erik Johnson (7-2, 2.37)
Radio: Pregame Show (11:15) 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: this morning the Generals play the rubber match of the 5-game road series against the SL North 1st half Champion Birmingham Barons (2-2)…the Barons’ 43 wins is the most in the league…Jackson leads the season series 5-4 and will meet Birmingham 15 times in 2013… 22-year-old Anthony Fernandez makes his 9th start…made only start in career vs. Birmingham on 8/2/12 at Hoover and took a no decision in 6.0 innings of work, striking out 2 and walking 1, allowing just 1 run on 2 hits.

GENERALS RECAP: The Generals surrendered five runs in the bottom of the ninth Sunday and fell to the Birmingham Barons at Regions Field, 9-8. Tyler Saladino singled home pinch runner Jared Mitchell for the walk-off Barons victory. Birmingham went into the ninth trailing 8-4 and with the one-run loss Jackson fell to 10-18 in those contests this season. The Generals also dropped to 23-4 when leading after eight innings. Patrick Brady (2-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R) and Denny Almonte (1-4, HR, 2 RBI) homered in the game while Gabriel Noriega (3-4, RBI, R) collected his 2nd 3-hit game of the season. Carson Smith (BS, 4, L, 0-3, 0.0,3,2,2,0,0,0) suffered the loss while starter Chance Ruffin (4.2,6,4,4,3,3,1) did not factor into the decision.

YOU ALREADY KNOW… that the Generals blew a 4-run lead in the 9th inning yesterday, but DID YOU KNOW?…that with a win yesterday the Generals would have clinched a series win for the first time in game #4 of the series. Nine of Jackson’s 14 series’ this season have gone to the rubber match (4-4).

NEWS & NOTES: 28 of first 65 games have been 1-run games (10-18) which is the most in all of minors…39 of 65 games have been decided by 2-or-fewer runs (13-26) and 6 have been extra-inning games (2-4)…In games decided by 3+ runs the Generals are 16-10.
TODAY’S TRANSACTIONS: None
SEATTLE GENERALS:…their are currently 5 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)
RUNNIN WILD: The Generals and Barons are the top 2 teams in league in stolen bases. Birmingham has 90 steals while the Generals are charging in 2nd place with 82 swiped bags.
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.
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 53.4% 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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