Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (38-24, 1st North) at Jacksonville Suns (MIA) (29-33, 3rd South)
Site: The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
Time: 5:05 p.m. CT
Pitching Match-up: LHP Steve Garrison (3-2, 4.31) vs. RHP Bryan Evans (1-4, 3.28)
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 FM (pregame 4:50) / 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 6-9 at Jacksonville
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: With the series tied at 1-1, the Generals face Jacksonville tonight in game three of the five-game set at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. The Generals hold a 4.5 game lead in the division and magic number to win first half is now 5.
GENERALS RECAP: Danny Hultzen and Carter Capps combined to face just one above the minimum on Friday night as the Generals defeated Jacksonville, 1-0. Hultzen tossed a season-high 8.0 shutout innings, upping his scoreless innings streak to 22.2 innings pitched (the longest by any pitcher this season). The Generals logged their 7th shutout of the season and lowered the magic number to 5 games to clinch a 1st half North Division crown. Hultzen allowed just 2 soft singles, while striking out 8 and walking 1 in the start, lowering his league leading ERA to1.28. The All-Star lefty is now 7-3 and has won his last 3 starts. No Jacksonville batter reached 2nd base in the game and only one runner was left on base thanks to Jackson’s 2 double plays turned. The Generals tallied their lone run in the top of the 1st on an RBI double from Denny Almonte that scored Nick Franklin from first. Hultzen had thrown 93 pitches after 8.0 innings, but Capps was called upon in the 9th and he struck out 2 of 3 batters to earn his 7th save this season. Jesus Sucre was the only player on either side who logged a multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-4.
TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: The Generals have the best record in the Southern League, 38-24 and boast the best ERA in the league at 2.93. The next closest is Mississippi with a 3.56 team ERA.
THE INCREDIBLE HULTZ: Generals’ starter Danny Hultzen has not allowed a run in 22.2 innings pitched. Hultzen currently leads the Southern League in ERA (1.28, 2nd is Evan Anundsen of HVL 2.32), WHIP, (0.92), opponents AVG (.145) and fewest baserunners /9IP ratio (8.70). He ranks 2nd in strikeouts (75), and wins (7),
COMBINED NO HITTER: Seattle threw the 10th combined no-hitter in Major League history last night against the Dodgers as former Generals Stephen Pryor (W), and Tom Wilhelmsen (S) were a part of. They combined with Kevin Millwood, Charlie Furbush, Lucas Luetge, and Brandon League to tie for the most pitchers used in a combined no-hitter (6)… It was the 3rd no-hitter in Mariner history, first since Chris Bosio, 4/22/1993 vs. Boston… the first no-hitter in Mariners history was Randy Johnson, 6/2/1990 vs. Detroit.
ELITE EIGHT ALL-STARS: Eight players from the Generals will represent the North Division in the 2012 Southern League All-Star Game at Smokies Park, the most of any team in the league. Pitchers Carter Capps, Danny Hultzen,Bobby LaFromboise (added today) and Taijuan Walker were all named to the North pitching staff after leading Jackson to a league-leading team ERA this season. Catcher Jesus Sucre, infielder Nick Franklin, and outfielders Denny Almonte and Joe Dunigan were also named to the squad. The 2012 All-Star Game will played on Tuesday, June 16 at Smokies Park in Kodak, TN, with first pitch at 7:15 p.m. EST.
WHO’S HOT?: C Jesus Sucre has hits safely in 11 of his last 14 games with 8 multi-hit contests. During this stretch (since May 23) he is batting .407 (22×54) with 4 runs scored, 1 double and 7 RBI.
-> OF Denny Almonte currently has a 8-game hit streak with 5 multi-hit games, batting .438 (14×32) with 6 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 2 RBI. He has also hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games, batting .432 (19×44) with 9 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 7 RBI.
-> LH Bobby LaFromboise has allowed only 1 earned run in his last 24.0 innings in relief (0.38 ERA). During his last 16 relief appearances he has limited opponents to a .134 average (11×82), while walking 4 and striking out 27. He has not allowed a hit to the last 22 batters faced (1 BB, 8 K).