Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (13-8, 55-36 at Tennessee Smokies (CHC) (11-11, 46-46)
Site: Smokies Park, Kodak, TN
Time: 5:30 p.m. CT
Pitching Match-up: RHP Taijuan Walker (5-4, 4.50) vs. RHP Dae-Eun Rhee (5-4, 5.30)
Radio: News Talk 101.5 FM (pregame 5:15) / 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 7-14 at Tennessee
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: Jackson opens a 4-game series on the road at Tennessee tonight at 5:30 CT. Tonight’s game will mark the end of a 16-game stretch of South Division opponents (10-6). The last meeting with a North Division team was on June 25th vs. Huntsville. RH Taijuan Walker (pictured right, John Shadrick) makes his first start tonight since appearing in last Sunday’s Futures Game in Kansas City.
GENERALS RECAP: The Generals and M-Braves were rained out on Friday night at Pringles Park due to heavy rains. The game will be made up as part of a double-header when the Braves return to Pringles Park on Tuesday, August 14th. The Generals won both games in the series and have currently won 4 straight games and 4 series in a row.
MY BAGS ARE PACKED: The Generals are in a stretch of playing 15 out of 20 games away from Pringles Park. So far this season, Jackson is 30-15 at home and 25-21 on the road. The Generals are the only team in the Southern League with 25 wins at home and on the road.
WHO’S HOT?: INF Rich Poythress 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.
FEELS GOOD AT THE TOP: The Generals 55 wins is the most in the Southern League. Jackson ranks 1st in pitching, with a 3.12 ERA. The Generals lead the league in total bases, slugging percentage, and are tied with Mobile for the league lead with 68 home runs. Jackson ranks 2nd in the league with 97 stolen bases.
HELLO AGAIN, SMOKIES: The Generals face off with the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate Smokies 24 times this season. Thus far, Jackson is 10-5 in the I-40 series, 4-1 at Pringles Park and 6-4 at Smokies Park. In 15 meetings, the Generals have smacked 17 homers.
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, but has not played since Monday. Romero has 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 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.