TODAY’S GAME: Tonight the Generals look to even the 5-game series against Pensacola at Maritime Park, with Jackson trailing 2-1. The Generals lead the Southern League North over Huntsville by 2 games with an 18-10 record.
GENERALS RECAP: Starters James Paxton and Taijuan Walker combined to allow just 2 unearned runs in 11.0 innings in a double-header last night vs. Pensacola. Jackson split the double-header with Pensacola winning game 1, 3-1 and dropping game 2, 1-0. In game 2, the Generals were shutout for just the 1st time during the 2012 season. Despite the split, Jackson still remains 2 games ahead of Huntsville in the North standings. In game one, Paxton recorded his 3rd win allowing 1 run (0 ER) on 3 hits in 5.1 innings and RH Stephen Pryor struck out 4 of the 5 batters he faced to earn his 7th win. 3B Francisco Martinez led the offensive going 2×3 with 2 runs scored. In game 2, Walker (5.2,5,1,0,2,2) recorded a tough loss, allowing 1 run (0 ER) on 5 hits in 5.2 innings.
WHO’S HOT?: SS Nick Frankin is batting .372 (16×43) with 6 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 home run and 6 RBI. Since April 19, he has raised his season average from .236 to .300. After allowing 2 runs in his 2nd relief appearance on April 8, LH Bobby LaFromboise has not allowed a run in his last 11.2 innings. During this stretch he limited opponents to a .158 average (6×38) while walking 2 and striking out 14. OF Joe Dunigan has hit safely in 7 of his last 8 games, batting .367 (11×30) with 6 runs scored, 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 4 RBI. OF Chris Pettit has 8 of his last 9 games, batting .333 (11×33) with 4 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 triples and 4 RBI.
CLOSING TIME: Since his 1st outing of the season on April 5, Stephen Pryorhas tossed 14.0 scoreless innings and allowed just 5 hits. Pryor is 7-for-7 in save oppertunities and is 2nd in the league with 7 saves. His ERA is 1.20 in 10 games.
FRANCISCO AT THE TOP: Generals leadoff hitter Francisco Martinez has hit safely in his last 5 games with 3 multi-hit games, batting .400 (8×20) with 4 runs scored, 3 doubles and 1 RBI. He has also hit safely in 9 of his last 11 games, batting .381 (16×42) with 8 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 triple and 5 RBI. During this stretch, since April 22, he has raised his average from .220 to .287. In his last 11 games,
IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN: The Generals pitching staff has struck out a league-best 242 batters so far this season and also lead the league with a 2.34 ERA. Jacksonville ranks second in the league with a 3.39 ERA. RH Taijuan Walker (1.30) ranks 1st in the league in ERA, Danny Hultzen (2.05) ranks 4th and James Paxton (2.51) ranks 7th.
Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) 18-10, 1st North +2.0 at Pensacola Blue Wahoos (CIN) 13-15, 3rd South, -3.0
Site: Blue Wahoos Park, Pensacola, FL
Pitching Match-up: RHP Brandon Maurer (1-0, 4.15) vs. RHP Tim Crabbe (1-1, 4.44)
Time: 7:00 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 5-4 at Pensacola
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
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