Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (16-9, 58-37 vs. Huntsville Stars (MIL) (10-16 45-51)
Site: Pringles Park – Jackson, Tenn
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Forrest Snow (1-3, 4.41) vs. RHP Josh Stinson (9-5, 3.23)
Promotions: Christmas in July, Dollar Night, presented by MobileNation
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
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Game Information: | Game Notes 7-19 vs Huntsville
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: The Generals open a 4-game series in 3 days tonight against the Huntsville Stars at Pringles Park. Jackson leads the SL North standings by 1 1/2 games over Chattanooga. Huntsville is the only team in the league with a winning record against the Generals (8-7).
GENERALS RECAP: The Generals won their 3rd straight 9-2 over Tennessee on Tuesday night, winning the series over Smokies, taking 3 of 4. Jackson has now won 5 consecutive series. In his first game since returning from the DL, 3B Francisco Martinez (3×4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI) led the team with 3 hits, including hitting a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning. 2B Stefen Romero (2×5, R, 2B, RBI), LF Joe Dunigan (2×5, R, HR, 3 RBI) and 1B Rich Poythress (2×3, RBI, BB) each recorded 2 of the Generals 13 hits. Dunigan hit his league-leading 19th home run of the season with a 2-out 2-run home run in the 5th inning. Poythress recorded 2 hits and extended his team-high hitting streak to 13 games. Starter Brandon Maurer (6.0,5,2,2,3,7) recorded his 7th win of the season, allowing 2 run on 5 hits in 6.0 innings. Relievers Jonathan Arias (1.0,0,0,0,1,2) and Jose Jimenez (2.0,1,0,0,1,2) combined to strike out 4 recordin the final 9 outs of the game to secure the win.
SCORING SPREE: Over the course of the last 6 games, the Generals are 5-1 and have scored 47 runs with 69 hits and 7 home runs. During the past 2 games, Jackson has scored 19 runs. In 15 games in July, Jackson has scored 87 runs with 42 doubles, 7 triples and belted 14 homers.
DUNIGAN ON A TEAR: 2-time SL Hitter of the Week Joe Dunigan (pictured right, Michelle Gachet) has recorded 16 RBI during his last 10 starts, batting .308 (12×39) with 8 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs and 16 RBI. During this stretch he leads the Southern League in RBI. He currently leads the leage with 19 home runs.
FEELS GOOD AT THE TOP: The Generals 58 wins are the most in the Southern League. Jackson ranks 1st in pitching, with a 3.15 ERA and T-1st in team batting average at .263. The Generals lead the league in total bases, slugging percentage and home runs with 75.
K-PAX IS BACK: In 3 starts since returning from the DL on July 3, LH James Paxton is 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA (2 ER, 14.1 IP). He has limited opponents to a .296 (16×54) average, while walking 2 and striking out 16.
WHO’S HOT?: INF Rich Poythress extended his hitting streak to a Generals season-high 13 games, batting .444 (20×45) with 7 runs scored, 4 doubles and 5 RBI.
-> OF Chih-Hsien Chiang is batting .378 (14×37) with 6 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 3 RBI during his current 8-game hit streak.
-> OF Denny Almonte is batting .321 (9×28) with 8 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 triples and 9 RBI in his 6 games with an at-bat.
-> RH Yoervis Medina has allowed 1 run in his last 25.2 innings in relief (0.35 ERA). During this 16 game stretch has limited opponents to a .208 (19×91) average, while walking 8 and striking out 25.
VIVA LA ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely 18 of 21 games with 12 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .378 (31×82) with 16 runs scored, 9 doubles, 2 triple, 4 home runs and 27 RBI.
CAPPING OFF GAMES: RH Carter Capps has allowed only 2 earned runs (3 R) over his last 33.1 (0.54 ERA). This season he is 2- 3 with 17 saves and a 1.35 ERA (7 ER, 46.0 IP). He has limited opponents to a .208 (36×173) average, while walking 12 and striking out 65. Capps has held opponents scoreless in 31 of 35 relief appearances this season.
MARATHON IN TACOMA LAST NIGHT: Former General Scott Savastano hit a walk-off solo home run with 1 out in the bottom of the 18th inning to end Tacoma’s longest game of the season with a 2-1 win over Sacramento. 1B/P Savastano (1.0,0,0,0,0,0 – 1×2, R, HR, BB) was also named the game’s winning pitcher after retiring all 3 batters he faced in the top of the inning. The 18-inning affair was the most played by the Rainiers since the club powered through 18 frames at Iowa on August 1, 1999.
FERNANDEZ MANIA: LH Anthony Fernandez became the first Jackson pitcher in franchise history to post back-to-back 9-inning complete games in his first 2 starts. In 5 starts since being promoted for High Desert to Jackson, Fernandez is 4-0 with a 2.12 ERA (8 ER, 34.0 IP).