Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (5-4, 47-32 at Pensacola Blue Wahoos (CIN) (5-4, 39-39)
Site: Maritime Park, Pensacola, FL
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Taijuan Walker (4-3, 4.35) vs. RHP J.C. Sulbaran (5-5, 4.32)
Radio: News Talk 101.5 FM (pregame 6:15) / GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App. is available
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
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Game Information: | Game Notes 6-30 at Pensacola
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME:The Generals try again to win their 12th series tonight in rubber match of the 5-game set in Pensacola. The Generals lead the season series 8-6. Jackson is 3-1 this season in rubber matches and 4-5 in games played in Pensacola.
GENERALS RECAP: The Wahoos evened the series at 2-2 taking game 4 over Jackson, 6-1 on Friday night. Starter Brandon Maurer (5.0,5,4,4,4,4,3,HR) suffered his first loss since May 21 on Friday, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits over 5.0 innings. RH Yoervis Medina (1.0,1,0,0,0,3) allowed 1 hit and struck out 3 in 1.0 inning in relief. Jackson wouldn’t be shutout on Friday as Gabriel Noriega brought in Kalian Sams with a groundout in the eighth.CF Denny Almonte (2×4) recorded the only multi-hit game, while LF Sams (1×3, R), 1B Jharmidy De Jesus (1×2, 2B, BB) and SS Noriega (1×3, RBI) each recorded 1 hit.
FERNANDEZ MANIA: LH Anthony Fernandez became the first Jackson pitcher in franchise history to post back-to-back 9-inning complete games. Fernandez has allowed just 1 ER in 18.0 IP in his first two starts in Double-A, including a 2-hit, complete game shutout on Thursday night in Pensacola. Fernandez is 2-0, with a 0.50 ERA.
RACKING UP THE SHUTOUTS: The Generals lead the Southern League with 10 shutouts this season. The next closest is Jacksonville with 8 shutouts posted this season.
TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: The Generals 47-32 record is the best in the Southern League. Also, Jackson ranks first in pitching, with a 3.13 ERA. Jackson is 4th in the league in batting, with a .262 team average. The Generals lead the league with 59 home runs and rank 2nd in the league with 85 stolen bases.
VIVA LA ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero, who had a day off yesterday, has hit safely 7 of 8 games with 5 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion. During this stretch is batting .400 (12×30) with 5 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 11 RBI.
WHO’S HOT?: OF Chih-Hsien Chiang has hit safely in 11 of 13 games with 6 multi-hit contests, batting .327 (17×52) with 3 runs scored, 8 doubles and 11 RBI.
-> LH Mauricio Robles has not allowed a run during 8 relief appearances during the month of June (0 ER/10.2 IP) In those 10.2 innings Robles is holding batters this month to a .067 average (2×30)
-> RH Yoervis Medina has not allowed a run in his last 16.0 innings over his last 11 relief appearances (since May 25). During this stretch he has lowered his ERA from 7.83 to 4.62, while limiting opponents to a .196 (11×56) with 6 walks and 18 strikeouts. In his last 3 starts,
FORMER GENERALS NAMED PCL ALL-STARS: DH Luis Jimenez and C Guillermo Quiroz have been selected to represent the Tacoma Rainiers in the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game in Buffalo, NY.