Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (13-8, 55-36 vs. Mississippi Braves (ATL) (8-13, 38-53)
Site: Pringles Park, Jackson, TN
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Taijuan Walker (5-4, 4.50) vs. LHP Sean Gilmartin (5-6, 3.42)
Promotions: Postgame Fireworks (MobileNation), Dale Murphy Appearance, Pat Summitt Appreciation Night
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 7-13 vs Mississippi
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight the Generals look for the 3-game sweep of the M-Braves and win their 5th game in a row. Jackson is in a stretch of playing 17-straight games (10-6) against the South Division.
GENERALS RECAP: The Generals won their 4th straight game Thursday, coming from three behind to beat the M-Braves at Pringles Park, 4-3. Jackson finished off their 4th straight series win and move into first place alone in the second half standings at 13-8 (55-36). The Generals got on the board in the 4th inning starting with a Joe Dunigan’s 16th double of the season. Dunigan stole third, then came home on a SAC fly by Rich Poythress (1×3, 2 RBI). Jackson added a run in the 6th inning an RBI double by Denny Almonte. Jackson scored again on a RBI groundout from Gabriel Noriega (2×3, double) to tie the game at 3-3. Kalian Sams led off the bottom of the 8th with a pinch-hit triple against Braves reliever Chris Jones (L 2-3, 4.21). Poythress drove in Sams with a single to set the score at 4-3. RHP Forrest Snow (1-3, 4.41) had a quality start for Jackson, allowing 3 earned runs on 6 hits while striking out 3 in 6.1 innings pitched. Reliever Yoervis Medina (2-4, 4.05) earned the win, allowing only one hit in the 8th inning. Carter Capps struck out one batter en rout to his 16th save.
WHO’S HOT?: INF Rich Poythress (pictured right, AP Photo) has recorded 3 multi-hit games in his last 4 games and extended his hitting streak to 9 games. During this stretch he is batting .467 (14×30) with 5 runs scored, 3 doubles and 4 RBI.
-> OF Chih-Hsien Chiang is batting .409 (9×22) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 home run and 2 RBI during his current 5-game hit streak.
-> RH Yoervis Medina has allowed 1 run in his last 23.2 innings in relief (0.33 ERA). During this 16 game stretch has limited opponents to a .205 (17×83) average, while walking 8 and striking out 25.
RECORD SETTING NIGHT: Last night, the Generals broke the Southern League record for doubles in one game with 11, eclipsing the previous mark of 10 set by the Mobile BayBears on May 25, 2000. The Generals also matched the league mark with 13 extra-base hits, becoming the first team to do so without the benefit of a homer.
TOPS IN THE LEAGUE: The Generals 55-36 record is the best in the Southern League. Also, Jackson ranks 1st in pitching, with a 3.12 ERA. The Generals lead the league with 68 home runs and rank 2nd in the league with 97 stolen bases.
GENERALS VS. BRAVES: The Generals and M-Braves meet 16 times this season and 13 times at Pringles Park. This season Jackson leads the series 7-3 and the all-time series 77-76. Jackson has a 2.17 ERA against the Braves this season and has belted 6 home runs.
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 last Sunday 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 July 8th.
VIVA LA ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely 15 of 17 games with 10 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .369 (25×65) 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 (pictured right, John Shadrick) has allowed only 2 earned runs (3 R) over his last 31.1 (0.58 ERA). This season he is 2-3 with 16 saves and a 1.43 ERA (7 ER, 44.0 IP). He has limited opponents to a .206 (34×165) average, while walking 12 and striking out 64. Capps has held opponents scoreless in 29 of 33 relief appearances this season.
CHECKING IN ON MARTINEZ: Generals infielder Francisco Martinez, currently rehabbing with the AZL Mariners has played in 6 games, batting .381 (8×21), with 2 doubles, 2 triples and 6 RBI. Martinez was placed on the DL June 7th with a pulled hamstring.