TODAY’S GAME: Jackson looks for a season best fifth straight win tonight in game three of the five-game series with the Tennessee Smokies at Pringles Park. The Generals lead the series, 2-0 and the season series, 5-2. The Generals will meet the Smokies a total of 24 times this season with 10 games at Pringles Park.
GENERALS RECAP: – LH James Paxton allowed an unearned run on 3 hits while striking out 9 batters in Jackson’s 7-2 win over Tennessee on Thursday night. Paxton earned his 2nd win and RH Steven Hensley tossed the final 3.0 innings, allowing 1 run on 2 hits and striking out 4 to get his 1st save. CF Denny Almonte went 3×3 with 3 runs scored, 2 home runs and 3 RBI to extending his hitting streak to 8 games. It was his 2nd multi-home run game of the season (last: 4/21 at Huntsville). LF Joe Dunigan (2×4, 2 R, 2B) also recorded a multi-hit game, while DH Johermyn Chavez(1×4, 2B, 3 RBI) recorded a 3-run double in the 4th inning.
WHO’S HOT?: In 5 starts this season, James Paxton is 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA (8 ER, 23.1 IP). He has limited opponents to a .212 (18×85) average, while walking 16 and striking out 31. He currently leads the leads all Mariners farmhands with 31 strikeouts, while ranking 4th in the Southern League. Denny Almonte currently has an 8-game hit streak, while also hitting safely in 11 of his last 13 games. During the last 13 games he is batting .460 (23×50) with 8 runs scored, 3 doubles, 6 home runs and 13 RBI. During this stretch he has raised his season average from .179 to .359. Rich Poythress extended his hit streak to 10 games, batting .359 (14×39) with 8 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 home run and 9 RBI. LH Brian Moran (10.0) and RH Moises Hernandez (8.1) have yet to allow a run this season.
DOMINATING THE LEAGUE: The Generals pitching staff has struck out a league-best 206 batters so far this season and also lead the league with a 2.44 ERA.
Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) 15-7, 1st North +4.0 vs. Tennessee Smokies (CHC) 10-12, T-4th North, -5.0
Site: Pringles Park –Jackson, TN
Pitching Match-up: RHP Taijuan Walker (2-0, 2.25) vs. RHP Trey McNutt (0-1, 0.77)
Time: 7:05 p.m. CT
Promotions: Honor Roll Night, Rally Apperance, Post Game Concert by Kimberlie Helton Band
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 4-27 vs Tennessee
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals