Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (17-10, 59-38 vs. Huntsville Stars (MIL) (11-17, 46-52)
Site: Pringles Park – Jackson, Tenn
Time: 4:05 p.m. Double-Header
Game 1 – LHP James Paxton (4-3, 3.26) vs. RHP Johnnie Lowe (0-1, 10.57)
Game 2 – LHP Anthony Fernandez (4-0, 2.12) vs. LHP Dan Meadows (1-2, 4.45)
Promotions: Christmas in July, Post Game High Tech Special Effects Fireworks, National Guard Appeciation Night, Crawdads Classics Night, LIFT Center Membership Drive
Radio: News Talk 101.5 FM (pregame 3:50) / 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 7-21 DH vs Huntsville
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: The Generals wrap up their 4-game series in 3 days against Huntsville with a scheduled double-header. The Generals are 5-3 in 7-inning games. Jackson leads the SL North standings by 1/2 game over Chattanooga. Huntsville is the only team in the league with a winning record against the Generals (9-8).
GENERALS RECAP: Starter Taijuan Walker(pictured right, Roger Brooks) allowed 1 run in 6.0 innings and LF Kalian Sams hit his 9th home run of the season to lead Jackson to a 7-3 win over Huntsville on Friday night. Walker (6.0,5,1,1,2,3) allowed 1 run on 5 hits in 6.0 innings to record his 6th win this season. Closer Carter Capps (2.0,3,0,0,0,5,WP) recorded his 18th save in 20 chances this season and marked the 10th time this season to toss more than an inning to record a save. RH Chih-Hsien Chiang extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a 1×4 with 2 RBI. Sams (2×3, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB) and Leury Bonilla (2×4, R, 3B) each recorded 2 of Jackson’s 10 hits.
THRIVING IN THE JULY HEAT: The Generals have a league-best record of 12-5 during the month of July. Jackson also has a league-best batting average in July, .277 and a league-best ERA of 3.29.
“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 6 games, the Generals have hit 9 home runs, including 3 multi-homer games. During the past 4 games, Jackson has scored 29 runs. In 17 games in July, Jackson has hit 16 home runs and currently leads the league with 77 homers.
FEELS GOOD AT THE TOP: The Generals 59 wins are the most in the Southern League. Jackson ranks 1st in pitching, with a 3.16 ERA and T-2nd in team batting average at .263. The Generals lead the league in total bases, slugging percentage and home runs with 77.
WHO’S HOT?: OF Chih-Hsien Chiang is batting .378 (17×45) with 8 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 home runs and 4 RBI during his current 10-game hit streak.
-> INF Rich Poythress has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games, batting .412 (21×51) with 7 runs scored, 4 doubles and 6 RBI.
-> OF Denny Almonte is batting .313 (10×32) with 9 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.
-> LH Mauricio Robles is 1-0 with 1.33 ERA (3 ER, 20.1 IP) in last 16 appearances. During this stretch he has limited opponents to a .094 (6×64) average while walking 14 and striking out 16. In 3 starts since returning from the DL on July 3,
VIVA LA ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely 20 of 23 games with 12 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .367 (33×90) with 17 runs scored, 10 doubles, 2 triple, 4 home runs and 27 RBI.
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.
CAPPING OFF GAMES: RH Carter Capps (pictured right, John Shadrick) has allowed only 2 earned runs (3 R) over his last 35.1 (0.51 ERA). This season he is 2-3 with 18 saves and a 1.31 ERA (7 ER, 48.0 IP). He has limited opponents to a .214 (39×182) average, while walking 12 and striking out 70. Capps has held opponents scoreless in 32 of 36 relief appearances this season.
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).
PRYOR ON REHAB ASSIGMENT IN TACOMA: Former General RH Stephen Pryor is currently on an MLB rehab assignment with the Rainiers. The reliever was placed on Seattle’s 15-Day Disabled List on June 13 with a strained left groin. He picked up 2 saves over 9.0 scoreless outings with Tacoma prior to his first MLB promotion on June 1. Pryor has allowed 2 hits, walked 3 and struck out 2 in 4.0 scoreless innings in 4 relief appearances with Tacoma. He went 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA (2 ER, 2.2 IP), while walking 3 and striking out 3 in 2 rehab appearances with Single-A High Desert (July 9-11).…