Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (41-26, 1st North) vs. Chattanooga Lookouts (LAD) (30-35, 4th South)
Site: Pringles Park – Jackson, TN
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Taijuan Walker (4-2, 3.04) vs. RHP Matt Magill (5-3, 4.10)
Promotions: Inflatamaniacs, presented by State Farm, Post Game Concert by Taylor Crowley, presented by Southeaster Termite and Pest Control
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 6-15 vs Chattanooga
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: Jackson rides a 3-game winning streak into tonight’s game with the Chattanooga Lookouts (LAD) at Pringles Park. The Generals look to take the series against the Lookouts. Jackson is 6-1 against Chattanooga this season
GENERALS RECAP: The Generals won their third straight Thursday night, and second straight over Chattanooga, 2-1, in front of 3,226 fans at Pringles Park. The first-half Champion Generals are 15-games above.500 for the first time this season. LH Steve Garrison (4-3) won Thursday and tossed a season-high 7.0 innings, striking out a season-high 5 batters. Garrison allowed 1 run on 7 hits in the outing and snapped a 2-game losing skid on the mound. The Generals scored in the first on back-to-back doubles from LF Chris Pettit and SS Nick Franklin. Franklin’s RBI double put Jackson up 1-0. In the bottom of the fifth, DH Joe Dunigan smashed a solo home run that cleared the right-center field score board. Dunigan’s team-leading 11th blast of the year gave Jackson the eventual final score of 2-1. After a scoreless inning by LH Mauricio Robles, RH Carter Capps struck out 3 in the ninth and saved his 8th game of the season. The Generals won despite being out-hit by the Lookouts 7-6 and only one Jackson player recording a multi-hit game. RF Chih-Hsien Chiang was 2-for-4 to lead the way.
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 41 wins so far ranks T-3rd in franchise history in the first half and first since 2008
WHO’S HOT?: C Jesus Sucre has hits safely in 13 of his last 17 games with 9 multi-hit contests. During this stretch (since May 23) he is batting .373 (25×65) with 5 runs scored, 1 double and 8 RBI.
-> INF Nick Franklin hit safely 12 of his last 18 games, batting .328 (23×68) with 10 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs and 8 RBI. He currently ranks 1st in the Southern League in average (.325), while ranking 4th on-base percentage (.394) and 5th in slugging percentage (.510).
-> LH Brian Moran has held opponents scoreless in 18 of 22 relief appearances this season. He is currently 1-2 with a 1.19 ERA (4 ER, 30.1 IP). He has limited opponents to a .232 average (25×107) with 6 walks and 25 strikeouts
THE INCREDIBLE HULTZ: Overall in 13 starts this season, Hultzen is 8-3 with a 1.19 ERA (10ER, 75.1 IP). He has limited opponents to a .151 average (38×252), while walking 32 and striking out 79. Hultzen currently leads the Southern League in ERA (1.19), strikeouts (79), opponents average (.151), WHIP (0.93), while leading all starters with the fewest base-runners per 9.0 innings (8.72). He also ranks T1st in the league in wins (8), T4th in innings pitched (75.1) and 4th in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (9.44). He has won his last 4 starts and has been named the starter for the North Division at the All-Star Game
CAPPING OFF GAMES: After last night’s save, RH Carter Capps has not allowed an earned run in his last 19.2 innings in relief (14 games). This season he is 2-2 with 8 saves and a 1.39 ERA (5 ER, 32.1 IP). He has limited opponents to a .185 (22×119) average, while walking 9 and striking out 50. Capps has held opponents scoreless in 20 of 23 relief appearances this season. His 13.92 strikeouts per 9.0 innings currently is 1st amongst relievers in the Southern League.
ALL-STAR GAME HAS JACKSON FLAIR: For the 2nd straight year, a Jackson pitcher will throw the first pitch of the Southern League’s mid-summer classic. LH Danny Hultzen has been named the starting pitcher for the North Division All-Star team by Smokies manager Buddy Bailey. Last year Jackson pitcher Jarrett Grube started for the North when the game was held at Pringles Park. Hultzen is joined in the starting lineup by CF Denny Almonte, who will lead off for the North, SS Nick Franklin, who will bat 3rd and catcher Jesus Sucre will bat 5th. In total, 8 Generals were named to the North All-Star team: pitchers Carter Capps, Danny Hultzen, Bobby LaFromboise and Taijuan Walker, along with C Jesus Sucre, INF Nick Franklin, and OF Denny Almonte and Joe Dunigan. 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.