Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (9-8, 51-36 at Montgomery Biscuits (TB) (11-6, 47-38)
Site: Riverwalk Stadium, Montgomery, AL
Time: 6:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP James Paxton (3-3, 3.58) vs. RHP Jake Thompson (6-5, 4.70)
Radio: News Talk 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
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Game Information: |Game Notes 7-8 at Montgomery
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: The Generals look to try and even the series with Montgomery today in game 2 of the set. Jackson is currently on a 6-game, 2-city road trip in Mississippi (2-1) and Montgomery (0-1). The season series with MTG is tied 4-4. Jackson leads the overall series, 66-64.
GENERALS RECAP: The Generals dropped their 2nd straight Saturday in the opener in Montgomery, 7-2 to the Biscuits. Jackson is now 2-2 on the current two-city, six-game road trip. Montgomery started their scoring in the 1st inning with a Hak-Ju Lee triple and he scored on a SAC fly from Ty Morrison. Jackson tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the 2nd on a double by DH Joe Dunigan that scored 1B Rich Poythress. The RBI was Dunigan’s 41st on his team-leading 16th double. Brett Nommensen brought in 2 runs with a double for Montgomery in the 2nd inning placing the Biscuits on top 3-1. 2B Stefen Romero upped his hitting streak to eight games in the 3rd with a 2-out RBI single to left that scored SS Gabriel Noriega, trimming the lead to 3-2. From then on out it was all Biscuits. The Rays Double-A club scored single runs in the 3rd 5th, 7th and 8th to go on for the 7-2 win. Jackson starter Forrest Snow (1-3) tossed 4.2 innings, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) on 3 hits. Snow walked 5 and struck out 3. The Generals pounded out 9 hits and were led by Noriega, who finished 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and run.
THE FUTURE IS NOW: Generals Manager Jim Pankovits was selected as a coach for the U.S. All-Star team and will coach along side manager George Brett. RHP Taijuan Walker was selected to play for the U.S. squad in the 14th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game to be played today at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City (4 p.m. CT/ESPN2, MLB Network Radio) as part of All-Star weekend.
VIVA LA ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely 14 of 15 games with 8 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion. During this stretch is batting .379 (22×58) with 11 runs scored, 6 doubles, 2 triple, 3 home runs and 19 RBI. Romero has RBI’s in his last 4 games and is currently on an 8-game hit streak.
CAPPING OFF GAMES: RH Carter Capps allowed on 2 runs on 3 hits in 0.1 innings, snapping his streak of 28.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run. It marked a stretch of 21 relief appearances since May 3 to not allow an earned run. This season he is 2-3 with 14 saves and a 1.54 ERA (7 ER, 41.0 IP). He has limited opponents to a .208 (32×154) average, while walking 11 and striking out 61. Capps has held opponents scoreless in 27 of 31 relief appearances this season.
MARTINEZ BEGINS ROAD BACK: Generals infielder Francisco Martinez Thursday was placed on a rehab assigment with the AZL Mariners. Martinez was placed on the DL on June 7th with a pulled hamstring. Martinez is the team leader with 21 stolen bases this season.
K-PAX IS BACK: After missing more than a month with a knee injury LHP James Paxton returned from the DL Tuesday after missing more than a month with a knee injury, tossing 4.0 scoreless innings. Paxton ranks as the 4th best prospect in the Mariners organization, according to Baseball America. He ranks as the 8th best left-handed pitching prospect and 77th overall prospect in baseball, according to MLB.com.
FERNANDEZ MANIA: Thursday’s starter LH Anthony Fernandez became the first Jackson pitcher in franchise history to post back-to-back 9-inning complete games in his first 2 starts. Fernandez has allowed just 3 ER in 25.0 IP in his first 3 starts in Double-A, including a 2-hit, complete game shutout on June 28th at Pensacola. Fernandez is 3-0, with a 1.08 ERA.
TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: The Generals 51-36 record is the best in the Southern League. Also, Jackson ranks 1st in pitching, with a 3.14 ERA. The Generals lead the league with 65 home runs and rank 2nd in the league with 92 stolen bases.
WHO’S HOT?: LH Mauricio Robles has allowed only 1 run in his alst 18.0 innings in relief. During this 13 game stretch in relief he has limited opponents to a .080 (4×50) average, while walking 8 and striking out 18. Overall in 18 games with Jackson, Robles is 1-0 with a 2.42 ERA (7 ER, 26.0 IP).
->RH Yoervis Medina has allowed 1 run in his last 20.2 innings in relief (0.44 ERA). During this 14 game stretch has limited opponents to a .216 (16×74) average, while walking 8 and striking out 23. Since May 30,