Happy Memorial Day!
Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (29-21, 1st North) vs Pensacola Blue Wahoos (MTG) (24-26, 3rd South)
Site: Pringles Park, Jackson, TN
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP Danny Hultzen (4-3, 1.78) vs. RHP Tim Gustafson (2-1, 4.62)
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 5-28 vs Pensacola
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME:On Memorial Day the Generals open a 5-game homestand tonight at 7:05 against the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. This is Pensacola’s 1st ever trip to Pringles Park. The Wahoos took 3 of 5 from Jackson May 1-5 at Maritime Park on the Bay. The Blue Wahoos are formerly the Carolina Mudcats and Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnatti Reds.
GENERALS RECAP: RH Carter Capps struck out Ty Morrison with the bases loaded in the 9th, sealing Jackson’s 4-2 win over Montgomery on Sunday afternoon. LF Chris Pettit hit a 2-run home run with 2 outs in the 6th innings to break a 2-2 tie. Starter Taijuan Walker (5.0,6,2,2,2,3) recorded his 4th win of the season and first since April 27, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits in 5.0 innings. Reliever Bobby LaFromboise (2.1,0,0,0,0,2) and Carter Capps (1.2,3,0,0,1,3) combined to hold Montgomery scoreless over the final 4.0 innings, while Capps recorded his 5 save of the season. Pettit, C Jesus Sucre (2×4) and CF Denny Almonte (2×3, RBI, 2 BB, SB) each recorded multihit games, combining for 6 of the Generals 9 hits.
STAYING ON TOP OF THE LEAGUE: The Generals are tied with Mobile for the best record in the Southern League at 29-21 this season and lead the league with a 3.00 team ERA. The next closest is Mobile with a 3.34 ERA.
WHO’S HOT?: INF Nick Franklin has hit safely in 7 of his last 9 games, batting .382 (13×34) with 4 runs
scored, 4 doubles, 2 triples and 5 RBI.
-> LH Bobby LaFromboise has allowed only 1 earned run in his last 22.0 innings in relief (0.41 ERA). During his last 13 relief appearances he has limited opponents to a .145 average (11×76), while walking 4 and striking out 24. He has not allowed a hit to the last 16 batters faced (1 BB, 5 K).
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 hit safely in 11 of 14 games, batting .308 (16×52) with 8 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 7 RBI. He has currently reached base safely in his last 20 consecutive games.
THE FLAME THROWER: RH Carter Capps has not allowed a run in his last 12.2 innings in relief (9 games). This season he is 2-2 with 5 saves and a 1.78 ERA (5 ER, 25.1 IP). He has limited opponents to a .219 (21×96) average, while walking 5 and striking out 35. Capps has held opponents scoreless in 15 of 18 relief appearances this season. His 12.43 strikeouts per 9.0 innings currently ranks 3rd amongst relievers in the Southern League.
HOMECOMING FOR HAYES: Former McKenzie High School standout, Bethel Wildcat and Vanderbilt Commodore Drew Hayes is a member of the Pensacola bullpen. He will make his 1st minor league appearance at Pringles Park this week. Hayes is 0-2, with a 5.23 ERA this season in 21 relief appearances. Hayes pitched at Pringles Park on May 6, 2008 with Vanderbilt against Memphis. He struck out a career high 12 in seven innings with just one walk.