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: 2:05 p.m. CT
Pitching Match-up: Game 2: RHP Taylor Stanton (1-1, 7.56) vs. LHP Graham Taylor (3-5, 4.93)
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 FM (pregame 1:50) / 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 6-10 at Jacksonville
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: Today, the Jackson Generals will complete Saturday’s game and then play the regularly scheduled Sunday game afterword. Game two will be a 7 inning game. The Generals magic number to clinch the North Division title is down to 3.
GENERALS RECAP: With the Jacksonville Suns leading the Generals 4-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the game was delayed and eventually suspended due to heavy rain. Jacksonville struck first in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly by Shawn Bowman. The Suns took the early 1-0 lead. The Suns struck for 3 more runs in the second inning, capped off by a 2-run home run for Donnie Webb against Generals starter Steve Garrison. Jacksonville led 4-0 as the game was suspended in the bottom of the fourth, with one out.
THE INCREDIBLE HULTZ: After allowing 5 runs in 4.0 innings in his first start of the season, LH Danny Hultzen has allowed only 5 earned runs in 66.1 innings (0.68 ERA), lowering his ERA from 11.25 to 1.28 ERA in last 11 starts. During this stretch he has limited opponents to a .142 average (31×219), while walking 27 and striking out 68. Overall in 12 starts this season, Hultzen is 7-3 with a 1.28 ERA (10 ER, 70.1 IP). He has limited opponents to a .145 average (34×235), while walking 30 and striking out 75. Hultzen currently leads the Southern League in ERA (1.28), opponents average (.145), WHIP (0.92), while leading all starters with the fewest base-runners per 9.0 innings (8.70). He also ranks T2nd in the league in wins (7), 2nd in strikeouts (67) and 4th in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (9.60).
CAPPING OFF GAMES: RH Carter Capps has not allowed an earned run in his last 17.2 innings in relief (12 games). This season he is 2-2 with 7 saves and a 1.48 ERA (5 ER, 30.1 IP). He has limited opponents to a .195 (22×113) average, while walking 7 and striking out 46. Capps has held opponents scoreless in 18 of 21 relief appearances this season. His 13.65 strikeouts per 9.0 innings currently is T1st amongst relievers in the Southern League.
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 Thursday) 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).