Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (39-26, 1st North) vs. Chattanooga Lookouts (LAD) (30-33, 3rd South)
Site: Pringles Park – Jackson, TN
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP Danny Hultzen (7-3, 1.28) vs. RHP Allen Webster (1-6 5.68)
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 6-13 vs Chattanooga
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME:Tonight the Generals return to Pringles Park to begin the final series of the first half. The Generals face the Chattanooga Lookouts for the 6th time this season tonight. The Generals took 4 of 5 from the Lookouts last week in Chattanooga.
GENERALS RECAP: The Generals clinched their first division championship on Monday night in Jacksonville since 2008. The Generals won the Southern League North title, with five games remaining in the first half. After getting shutout in back-to-back games, Jackson shutout Jacksonville 8-0 on Monday night. Starter Brandon Maurer (7.1,6,0,0,1,7,WP,BK) and relievers Yoervis Medina (0.1,2,0,0,0,0), Bobby LaFromboise (0.1,0,0,0,0,0) and Carter Capps (1.0,0,0,0,2,1) limited the Suns to only 8 hits. The Generals had 6 players record multi-hit games, including LF Chris Pettit (2×5, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI), SS Nick Franklin (2×5, R, SB), C Jesus Sucre (2×5, R, RBI), DH Joe Dunigan (2×5, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI), RF Chih-Hsien Chiang (2×4, R, RBI) and 2B Gabriel Noriega (2×4, R). Dunigan hit his 10th home run of the season, a 2-run shot in the 4th inning, and now leads the team in homers.
FIRST HALF CHAMPIONS: The Generals clinched their first division championship on Monday night in Jacksonville. Jackson clinched with 5 games remaining in the half. The 39 wins so far ranks T-4th in franchise history in the first half.
WHO’S HOT?: C Jesus Sucre has hits safely in 12 of his last 16 games with 9 multi-hit contests. During this stretch (since May 23) he is batting .387 (24×62) with 5 runs scored, 1 double and 8 RBI.
-> INF Nick Franklin hit safely 11 of his last 17 games, batting .338 (22×65) with 10 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 8 RBI. He currently ranks 2nd in the Southern League in average (.325), while ranking 4th on-base percentage (.394) and 5th in slugging percentage (.510).
-> OF Denny Almonte currently has an 11-game hit streak with 5 multi-hit games, batting .370 (17×46) with 7 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 home run and 3 RBI. He has also hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games, batting .400 (22×55) with 9 runs scored, 5 doubles, 2 home runs and 8 RBI.
-> LH Brian Moran has held opponents scoreless in 17 of 21 relief appearances this season. He is currently 1-2 with a 0.127 ERA (4 ER, 28.1 IP). He has limited opponents to a .234 average (25×107) with 6 walks and 25 strikeouts.
-> LH Bobby LaFromboise has allowed only 1 earned run in his last 24.1 innings in relief (0.37 ERA). During his last 17 relief appearances he has limited opponents to a .133 average (11×83), while walking 4 and striking out 27. He has not allowed a hit to the last 23 batters faced (1 BB, 8 K).
THE INCREDIBLE HULTZ: The Southern League announced Monday 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 1 start last week on Friday at Jacksonville, tossing 8.0 innings, allowing 0 runs on 2 hits while striking out 8 and walking just 1 batter. Hultzen has won his last 3 starts and has not allowed a run in his last 22.2 innings pitched.