Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (28-20, 1st North) at Montgomery Biscuits (TB) (25-23, 2nd South)
Site: Riverwalk Stadium, Montgomery, AL
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Brandon Maurer (2-1, 4.27) vs. RHP Alex Colome (1-1, 5.63)
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 FM (pregame 6:50) / 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 5-26 at Montgomery
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
Lineup will be sent out via @jacksongenerals later today
*PAXTON UPDATE* LH James Paxton left last night’s game in the 3rd inning with a sore right knee. Paxton will continue to be evaluated, but will likely miss his next start. More information will come on tonight’s broadcast.
TODAY’S GAME: The Generals continue their 5-game road trip tonight at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery. Montgomery leads the series 2-1. Jackson will take on Montgomery 21 times this season. Tonight’s game will be broadcasted on NewsTalk 101.5 FM.
GENERALS RECAP: The Montgomery Biscuits scored four runs in the 1st inning on Friday night at Riverwalk Stadium, and never looked back. Montgomery won the 3rd game of the set, 6-1 over the Generals. Ryan Garko continued his hot series Friday with an RBI single and scored on a 3-run home run by the next batter, Tyler Bortnick in the bottom of the 1st inning. The big first gave Montgomery a 4-0 advantage. General’s starter James Paxton (3-3) left after just 2.2 innings with a sore right knee. Paxton walked 5 and struck out 1, allowing four 4 on 4 hits in the loss. The Generals picked up a run in the 7th and trimmed the Montgomery lead to 4-1 on a sacrifice fly from Denny Almonte. Ryan Garko capped off his night in the bottom of the 7th with a 2-run home run and Montgomery put the game away. Yoervis Medina pitched well out of the pen for Jackson allowing no runs on one hit in 3.1 innings. Medina struck out 5 and walked 1. Gabriel Noriega had a season-best 4-for-4 night at the plate for Jackson.
TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: The Generals have the best record in the Southern League, 28-20 and also lead the league with a 2.84 ERA. The next closest to Jackson is Mississippi with a 3.36 ERA
WHO’S HOT?: LH Bobby LaFromboise has allowed only 1 earned run in his last 19.2 innings in relief (0.45 ERA). During his last 13 relief appearances he has limited opponents to a .167 average (11×69), while walking 4 and striking out 24.
CHIANG RETURNS TO JACKSON: OF Chih-Hsien Chiang has been activated to the Generals roster from Triple-A Tacoma and INF Anthony Phillips was transferred to Class-A Clinton. Chiang returns to Jackson after playing in 40 games for Tacoma. Chiang batted .245, with 2 home runs, 6 doubles and 11 RBI with the Rainiers. Chiang was on the opening day roster for the Generals.
THE INCREDIBLE HULTZ: After allowing 5 runs in 4.0 innings in his first start of the season, Danny Hultzen has allowed only 5 earned run in 46.2 innings (0.96 ERA), lowering his ERA from 11.25 to 1.78 ERA. During this stretch he has limited opponents to a .142 average (22×155), while walking 22 and striking out 48. Overall in 9 starts this season, Hultzen is 4-3 with a 1.78 ERA (10 ER, 50.2 IP). He has limited opponents to a .146 average (25×171), which is the lowest in the Southern League, while walking 25 and striking out 56. Hultzen is also the current active ERA in the Southern League.
THE VETERAN CAMPBELL REACHING: 27-year-old utility man Eric Campbell has reached base in 18-straight games, the 3rd longest current streak in the Southern League and T-6th longest in the league this season. Over the streak, Campbell is batting .338 (23×68) with 5 doubles, 2 home runs and 12 RBI.
HE’S ONLY 19: RH Taijuan Walker has tossed at least 5.0 innings in 5 of his 8 starts, while allowing 2 runs or less in all 8 starts. He is currently is 3-1 with a 2.06 ERA (9 ER, 39.1 IP) in 8 starts. Walker has limited opponents to a .224 (32×143) average, while walking 12 and striking out 41. He currently ranks 4th in the Southern League with a 2.06 ERA.
THE FLAME THROWER: LH Carter Capps has not allowed a run in his last 11.0 innings in relief (8 games). This season he is 2-2 with 4 saves and a 1.90 ERA (5 ER, 23.2 IP). He has limited opponents to a .202 (18×89) average, while walking 4 and striking out 32. Capps has held opponents scoreless in 14 of 17 relief appearances this season. His 12.17 strikeouts per 9.0 innings currently ranks 3rd amongst relievers in the Southern League.