Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (13-9, 55-37 at Tennessee Smokies (CHC) (12-11, 47-46)
Site: Smokies Park, Kodak, TN
Time: 4:00 p.m. CT
Pitching Match-up: LHP James Paxton (3-3, 3.46) vs. RHP Dallas Beeler (4-6, 3.99)
Radio: News Talk 101.5 FM (pregame 3:45) / 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: The Generals play game 2 of their 4-game series with the Smokies at 4:00 p.m. CT with the Smokies leading the series 1-0. Jackson leads the SL North standings by 1/2 game over the Chattanooga Lookouts and 2 1/2 games over the Smokies.
GENERALS RECAP: The Generals had their 4-game win streak snapped with a 4-2 loss to Tennessee on Saturday night. The game was delayed 32 minutes in the 2nd inning due to lightning. Starter Taijuan Walker (6.0,3,4,4,5,6,2HR) made his first start since July 5th and allowed 4 runs on 3 hits in 6.0 innings, suffering the loss. Walker walked a season-high 5 batters and struck out 6. Relievers Jandy Sena (1.1,1,0,0,0,0) and Jose Jimenez (0.2,1,0,0,0,0) combined to hold the Smokies scoreless over the final 2.0 innings. 1B Rich Poythress (1×4, R, 2B) extended his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games with a double in the 2nd inning. C Ralph Henriquez (2×3, RBI, BB) was only Jackson player with 2 hits, while Henriquez and LF Kalian Sams (1×4, R, HR, RBI) knocked in both of the Generals runs. Sams’ home run was his 8th of the season, coming with 2 outs in the 4th inning. 2B Stefen Romero made his first start since July 9, going 0x4.
MY BAGS ARE PACKED: The Generals are in a stretch of playing 15 out of 20 games away from Pringles Park. Jackson is 30-15 at home and 25-22 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 extended his hitting streak to a season-high 9 games, batting .441 (15×34) with 6 runs scored, 4 doubles and 4 RBI.
-> OF Joe Dunigan has recorded 9 RBI during his last 7 starts, batting .280 (7×25) with 4 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 9 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: Thursday, 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 are the most in the Southern League. Jackson ranks 1st in pitching, with a 3.13 ERA. The Generals lead the league in total bases, slugging percentage, and are tied with Mobile for the league lead with 69 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 10-6 in the I-40 series, 4-1 at Pringles Park and 6-5 at Smokies Park. In 16 meetings, the Generals have smacked 18 homers.
VIVA LA ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely 15 of 18 games with 10 multihit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .362 (25×69) 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.