Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (10-8, 52-36 at Montgomery Biscuits (TB) (11-7, 47-39)
Site: Riverwalk Stadium, Montgomery, AL
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP Anthony Fernandez (3-0, 1.08) vs. RHP Matt Buschmann (3-3, 3.86)
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
Archived Generals Interviews: Generals YouTube
Game Information: | Game Notes 7-9 at Montgomery
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: The Generals play the rubber match of the 3-game set at Montgomery tonight. Jackson is currently on a 6-game, 2-city road trip in Mississippi (2-1) and Montgomery (1-1). The season series with the Biscuits is tied 5-5. Jackson leads the overall series, 67-64.
FERNANDEZ MANIA: Today’s starter LH Anthony Fernandez (pictured right, Jesse Garrett) 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.
GENERALS RECAP: Jackson recorded 14 hits and evened the series with an 8-3 over Montgomery on Sunday night. 2B Stefen Romero extended (3×5, R, 2 RBI) extended his hitting streak to 9 games and has added an RBI in each of his last 5 games. CF Chris Pettit (4×6, R, 2B, RBI) led the team with 4 hits, while Romero, 1B Rich Poythress (2×3, BB) and LF Chih-Hsien Chiang (2×5, R) each recorded a mult-hit game. LH James Paxton (4.1,6,1,1,1,8) started the game for Jackson but did not factor in the decision. Paxton struck out 8 and allowed only 1 run on 6 hits in 4.1 innings in only his 2nd start since returning from the DL. RH Jonathan Arias (1.0,2,0,0,1,0) picked up his first win with Jackson this season, allowing 2 hits and walking 1 in a scoreless inning. RH Yoervis Medina (2.0,0,0,0,0,2) earned a hold by tossing a scoreless 7th and 8th while striking out 2, while LH Jose Jimenez (1.0,0,0,0,1,1) walked 1 and struck out 1 in a scoreless 9th inning.
BACK FROM THE FUTURE: Former General Danny Hultzen (1.0,3,1,1,0,1) allowed 1 run on 3 hits and struck out 1 in 1.0 inning, while current General Taijuan Walker (1.0,1,0,0,0,1) tossed a scoreless 7th inning. in the MLB All-Star Futures game yesterday in Kansas City. Jackson manager Jim Pankovits served as third base coach for U.S. Manager George Brett. Tigers prospect Nick Castellanos went 3×4 with a 3-run homer and 3 runs scored as the U.S. trounced the World team, 17-5, at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Sunday afternoon.
VIVA LA ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero extended his hitting streak to 9 games, batting .378 (14×37) with 8 runs scored, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 13 RBI. He has also hit safely 15 of 16 games with 10 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion. During this stretch is batting .381 (24×63) with 12 runs scored, 6 doubles, 2 triple, 3 home runs and 21 RBI. In 3 starts since being promoted for High Desert to Jackson.
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.