Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (38-26, 1st North) at Jacksonville Suns (MIA) (31-33, 3rd South)
Site: The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
Time: 6:05 p.m. CT
Pitching Match-up: RHP Brandon Maurer (4-1, 3.80) vs. RHP Matthew Neil (1-0, 4.37)
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 FM (pregame 5:50) / 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 6-11 at Jacksonville
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight the Generals look to snap a 2-game losing skid against the Jacksonville Suns in the series finale. The Generals are 5-4 on the current 10-game road trip and 1-3 in the series against the Suns. The Generals magic number is at 3.
GENERALS RECAP: The Jackson Generals had been shutout only twice in 2012 prior to Sunday. Jacksonville went on to blank the Generals in the suspended game from Saturday, 7-0 and win the regularly scheduled game for Sunday, 9-0. The Suns win the series taking 3 out of 4. Steve Garrison (3-3) suffered the loss for Jackson and allowed 6 runs (4ER) on 7 hits in 3.1 innings pitched. in Saturday’s game. Leury Bonilla led the Generals at the plate by finishing 2-for-3. In Sunday’s game Taylor Stanton (1-2) suffered the loss for Jackson, allowing 8 runs (7ER) on 9 hits in 4.0 innings. Stanton struck out 3 and walked 3. Gabriel Noriega was 2-for-2 for the Generals in the losing effort.
MAGIC NUMBER AT 3: The Generals have the best record in the Southern League, 38-26 and boast the best ERA in the league at 3.07. The next closest is Tennessee with a 3.56 team ERA. The magic number to clinch the North Division title is 3.
WHO’S HOT?: C Jesus Sucre has hits safely in 11 of his last 15 games with 8 multi-hit contests. During this stretch (since May 23) he is batting .386 (22×57) with 4 runs scored, 1 double and 7 RBI.
-> OF Denny Almonte currently has a 10-game hit streak with 5 multi-hit games, batting .421 (16×38) with 6 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 2 RBI. The 10-game hitting streak is the 2nd-longest by a Generals this season (Poythress, 11G).
-> 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).
INCREDIBLE HULTZ TAKES LEAGUE HONOR…AGAIN: The Southern League announced today that Generals’ starting pitcher and 2012 Southern League All-Star Danny Hultzen was named Pitcher of the Week, for the second consecutive week. Hultzen, 22, made one start this week on Friday at Jacksonville, tossing 8.0 innings, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out eight and walking just one batter. Hultzen has won his last three starts and has not allowed a run in his last 22.2 innings pitched. The lefty is 7-3 with a league-best ERA of 1.28 (10 ER, 70.1 IP). He also leads the league in opponent’s batting average (.145), WHIP (0.92), while leading all starters with the fewest base-runners per 9.0 innings (8.70). He also ranks tied for second in the league in wins (7), second in strikeouts (67) and fourth in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (9.60). The Bethesda, MD native’s last start of the first half is scheduled for Thursday night at Pringles Park, as Jackson takes on the Chattanooga Lookouts.