Game Central (Sunday, June 23) vs. Mobile

James Jones had his first career multi-homer game on Saturday night.

James Jones had his first career multi-homer game on Saturday night.

Game #71: Jackson Generals (SEA) 2-2, (31-39) vs. Mobile BayBears (ARI) 2-2, (41-32)
Site: The Ballpark at Jackson – Jackson, TN
Time: 6:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP Anthony Fernandez (3-3, 5.77) vs. RHP David Holmberg (3-3, 2.45)
Promotions: Kids Run the Bases
Radio: Pregame Show (5:50) 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

Lineup

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

TODAY’S GAME: the Generals conclude the 5-game series with the first half South Division Champion Mobile BayBears (2-2) with the rubber match of the series…this is the 5th of 15 meetings during the 2nd half between the clubs, but last in Jackson… 22-year-old Anthony Fernandez makes his 10th start of the year…made 1 start against Mobile last season during the regular season allowing 4 runs, 3 earned on 6 hits in 4.1 innings on 8/27 at MOB…made SLCS game 4 starts at MOB last seaosn and took loss in series clinching game…allowed just 1 run on 3 hits in 6.1 innings, striking out 3 and walking 2.

GENERALS RECAP: CF James Jones hit 2 home runs including inside the park homer and RF Julio Morban knocked in 5 runs as Jackson defeated Mobile 10-5 on Saturday night. Morban (3×5, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI) tied his career-high with 5 RBI (also: 5/14/12 vs. Visalia w/High Desert), while Jones recorded his first career multi-home run game. 2B Gabriel Noriega (2×4, R, RBI) recorded the team’s only other multi-hit game. Starter Chance Ruffin (6.0,6,4,4,1,2,HR) recorded his 4th win of the season, allowing 4 runs on 6 hits in 6.0 innings. LH Nick Hill (1.0,1,0,0,0,1) and LH Kyle Hunter (1.0,1,0,0,0,0) tossed a scoreless inning in relief, while RH Stephen Shackleford (1.0,2,1,1,0,2) allowed a run in the top of the 8th.

YOU ALREADY KNOW…that James Jones recorded his first career multi-homer game last night that included an inside-the-park round tripper, but DID YOU KNOW?…that the last muli-homer game by a General was Joe Dunigan last season on 7/15 at TNS. The last inside-the-park home run by a General came on 5/6/11 vs. BIR as Jake Shaffer hit an inside-the-park grand slam in the 8th inning.

NEWS & NOTES: 29 of first 70 games have been 1-run games (10-19) which is the 2nd in all of minors…41 of 70 games have been decided by 2-or-fewer runs (13-28) and 6 have been extra-inning games (2-4)…In games decided by 3+ runs the Generals are 18-11.
ALUMNI REPORT: Tacoma LHP James Paxton struck out a season-high 11 batters last night in a 2-1 loss vs. Fresno. It marked his 9th career start recording at least 10 strikeouts (last: 11, 5/13/13 at New Orleans).
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 (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)
LEADING THE LEAGUE: OF Julio Morban is now leading the league with a .330 batting average. He has hit safely in each of his last 4 games, batting .500 (8×16) with 6 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 home run, 1 triple and 8 RBI.
MIGHTY MOUSE: SS Chris Taylor has hit safely in each of the 4 games he has appeared with Jackson, batting .286 (4×14) with 3 runs scored, 1 double and 1 RBI.
MR JONES…MR JONES: OF James Jones homered twice Saturday and currently has a 4-game hit streak, batting .467 (7×15) with 3 runs scored, 1 double, 2 home runs and 6 RBI
NEW FRESH PRINCE OF TACOMA: RH Taijuan Walker was promoted to Tacoma Friday. He struck out a career-high 12 on Thursday against Mobile. In his last 5 starts, has struck out 39 and walked 5 in 32 2/3 innings, all while allowing opponents to hit just .191 (21-for-110). Hemade 39 starts for the Generals in 2 seasons complete with rates of 9.1 strikeouts and 3.4 walks per nine innings.
FACING THE CHAMPS: The Generals are currently in a stretch of playing 10 straight games against the North and South Division 1st half Champions. Birmingham took 3 of 5 from the Generals to close out the 1st half and Jackson now faces Mobile during the opening series of the 2nd half. Mobile has won back-to-back SL Championships including the best-of-5 Championship series last year over the Generals in 4 games.
THE THREE CAVALIERS: With the addition of Chris Taylor to start the 2nd half, the Generals current roster features 3 former Virginia Cavaliers. AAA Tacoma’s roster features 2 former UVA alums in pitcher’s Andrew Carraway and Danny Hultzen. Both were 2012 Generals.
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.
WE GOTCHA!!…Jackson catchers lead the SL catching 48.5% of base stealers (32 CS, 61 Att). The next closest is Mobile which is throwing out 33.8% of base runners.

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