TODAY’S GAME: The Generals face off against the Tennessee Smokies at Pringles Park tonight in game one of a five-game series. The two teams squared off two weeks ago (April 10-14 in Kodak, Tenn.) with the Generals winning the first three games before dropping the final two contests.
GENERALS RECAP: – LH Danny Hultzen tossed 5.2 scoreless innings as Jackson recorded a 8-1 win over Huntsville on Tuesday afternoon and clinched their 4th straight series to open the season. The Generals collected 14 hits including 6 doubles and now have a 3-game lead in the Southern League North Division. Hultzen allowed only 2 singles while walking 3 and striking out 5 to earn his 2nd straight win. He currently leads the team with 25 strikeouts on the season. RH Moises Hernandez threw 1.1 scoreless innings and extended his scoreless streak to 8.1 to open the season. SS Nick Franklin (3×6, R, 2 2B, 3 RBI) recorded his 3rd consecutive 3-hit game, while 3B Francisco Martinez, (3×3, 3 R, RBI, 3 BB, SB) who reached base safely in 6 plate appearances, and LF Chris Pettit(3×4, 2 2B, RBI) also tallied 3 hits for the Generals.
WHO’S HOT?: After recording a loss in each of his first to starts, Danny Hultzen is 2-0 with 12.0 scoreless innings. He is currently 2-2 with a 2.08 ERA (5 ER, 21.1 IP) in 4 starts. Hultzen has limited opponents to a .122 average (9×74), while walking 11 and striking out 26. He currently leads the Southern league in lowest opponent average (.122), while also ranking 3rd in WHIP (0.92), T3rd in strikeouts (26) and 5th in ERA (2.08). Nick Franklin has recorded 3 consecutive 3-hit games and extended his hit streak to 6 games. During the streak he is batting .464 (13×28) with 4 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 home run and 4 RBI. Denny Almonte has hit safely in 9 of his last 11 games, batting .395 (17×43) with 5 runs scored, 3 doubles, 4 home runs and 9 RBI. During this stretch he has raised his season average from .179 to .310.
Rich Poythress extended his hit streak to 8 games, batting .375 (12×32) with 6 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 home run and 8 RBI. LH Brian Moran (9.0), RH Moises Hernandez (8.1) and LH Steve Garrison (4.1) and have yet to allow a run this season.
Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) 13-7, 1st North +3.0 vs. Tennessee Smokies 10-10, 2nd North, -3.0
Site: Pringles Park –Jackson, TN
Pitching Match-up: RHP Andrew Carraway (2-0, 2.82) vs. LHP Brooks Raley (1-0, 2.79)
Time: 7:05 p.m. CT
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 FM | GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App. is available
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Game Information: | Game Notes 4-25 vs Tennessee
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals