Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (14-9, 56-37 at Tennessee Smokies (CHC) (12-12, 47-47)
Site: Smokies Park, Kodak, TN
Time: 6:15 p.m. CT
Pitching Match-up: LHP Anthony Fernandez (4-0, 1.20) vs. RHP Ty’Relle Harris (0-1, 1.13)
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 7-16 at Tennessee
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: With the series tied at 1-1, the Generals play game 3 tonight at Smokies Park, with first pitch at 6:15 CT. Jackson leads the SL North standings by 1 1/2 games over the Chattanooga Lookouts and 3 1/2 games over the Smokies.
GENERALS RECAP: Jackson matched a season-high, blasting four home runs Sunday, defeating Tennessee at Smokies Park, 6-1 to even the series at 1-1. Joe Dunigan added his second, two-homer performance of the season (last 4/21) and was 2-for-4. Stefen Romero was 2-for-5 with a double, homer and 3 RBI. Chih-Hsien Chiang was 2-for-5 and added a home run in the 9th, going back-to-back with Romero. Leury Bonilla was 2-for-5 with a run scored. James Paxton (4-3) earned his first win since May 3rd Sunday with 6.0 innings pitched, allowing just 1 run on 8 hits. Paxton walked 1 and struck out 6. Jonathan Arias earned a hold with 2.0 scoreless frames and Carter Capps pitched a scoreless ninth in a non-save situation.
DUNIGAN NAMED SL HITTER OF THE WEEK: Today the Southern League announced that Generals OF/DH Joe Dunigan (pictured right, Michelle Gachet) is the SL Hitter of the Week for the second time. He batted .357/.412/1.071 in 4 games this week going 5-for-14, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 5 RBI, 4 runs, and 1 stolen base during the past week. Dunigan has recorded 11 RBI during his last 8 starts, batting .310 (9×29) with 4 home runs, 4 doubles, 6 runs and 9 RBI. In total this season Joe is batting .275 with 18 home runs (T-1st SL) and 48 RBI. Dunigan ranks 2nd in the league in slugging percentage (.549), 4th in total bases (156) and 4th in extra-base hits (39). He recorded his second multi-homer game of the season Sunday during the Generals 6-1 win over the Tennessee Smokies, at Smokies Park.
FEELS GOOD AT THE TOP: The Generals 56 wins are the most in the Southern League. Jackson ranks 1st in pitching, with a 3.11 ERA. The Generals lead the league in total bases, slugging percentage and home runs with 73.
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 26-22 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 11 games, tying a season high, batting .421 (16×38) with 6 runs scored, 4 doubles and 4 RBI.
-> OF Chih-Hsien Chiang is batting .407 (11×27) with 5 runs scored, 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 3 RBI during his current 6-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.
HELLO AGAIN, SMOKIES: The Generals face off with the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate Smokies 24 times this season. Thus far, Jackson is 11-6 in the I-40 series, 4-1 at Pringles Park and 7-5 at Smokies Park. In 17 meetings, the Generals have smacked 22 homers.
VIVA LA ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely 16 of 19 games with 11 multihit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .365 (27×74) with 13 runs scored, 7 doubles, 2 triple, 4 home runs and 24 RBI.
CAPPING OFF GAMES: RH Carter Capps has allowed only 2 earned runs (3 R) over his last 32.1 (0.56 ERA). This season he is 2-3 with 16 saves and a 1.40 ERA (7 ER, 45.0 IP). He has limited opponents to a .202 (34×168) average, while walking 12 and striking out 64. Capps has held opponents scoreless in 29 of 33 relief appearances this season.
FERNANDEZ MANIA: 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 won each of his first 4 Double-A starts, allowing just 4 ER in 30.0 IP, including a 2-hit, complete game shutout on June 28th at Pensacola. Fernandez is 4-0, with a 1.20 ERA.