Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (19-16, 61-44 at Birmingham Barons (CHW) (17-19, 47-58)
Site: Regions Park, Birmingham, Alabama
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Brandon Maurer (7-2, 3.51) vs. RHP Nestor Molina (4-7, 4.50)
Radio: (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 7-30 at Birmingham
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: Down 1-0 in the series, the Generals play game 2 against the Birmingham Barons (CHW) tonight at Regions Park. This is the lone visit Jackson pays to Regions Park. The Generals took 4 of 5 from the Barons, April 5-9 at Pringles Park to open the 2012 season.
GENERALS RECAP: The Generals dropped the opener of a five-game set at Regions Park on Sunday afternoon 4-1. Jackson (19-16) has lost seven of their last 10 but are still only 1 ½ games behind first place Chattanooga in the North Division, second half standings. Generals’ starter Matt Fox was perfect in his first 3 innings but started the 4th by walking Tyler Saladino. Carlos Sanchez drove in Saladino with his 2nd double of the season. Sanchez later scored on a single by Brady Shoemaker to make the score 2-0 Barons. The Barons added 2 more runs in the 8th inning to extend the lead to 4-0. In the 9th inning, Ralph Henriquez reached on his 2nd double of the game and advanced to third on a single by Kalian Sams. Henriquez scored the Generals’ only run after a throwing error by Barons catcher Miguel Gonzalez in the 9th. That play set the final score of 4-1. Fox (0-1), in his first Jackson start allowed two runs over four innings pitched, walking two suffered the loss. Henriquez picked up 3 of Jackson’s 6 hits, going 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and a run.
RECORD SETTING PACE: The Generals have reached the 61 win mark the fastest this season since 2005. The Generals are 5 games off the pace off of the 2005 Diamond Jaxx that won 83 games and 6 of the pace of the 1999 Diamond Jaxx that won a record 84 games.
MARINERS FUTURE IN JACKSON: With the addition of Brad Miller, the Generals roster currently contains 11 of the top 30 prospects in the Seattle Mariners organization, according to Baseball America, including 3 of the top 6. P Taijuan Walker (1), P James Paxton (3), INF Francisco Martinez (6), INF Brad Miller (11), P Carter Capps (16), P Forrest Snow (19), P Brandon Maurer (21), OF Chih-Hsien Chiang (24), P Mauricio Robles (26), OF Johermyn Chavez (28), INF Rich Poythress (29).
TURN-AROUND FOR TAIJUAN: RH Taijuan Walker is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA (1 ER, 12.0 IP) over his last 2 starts. During this stretch he has limited opponents to a .167 (7×42) batting average, while walking 2 and striking out 11.
MAURER POWER: Today’s starter, Brandon Maurer ranks 4th in the Southern League with a 3.51 ERA after posting his 11th quality start Tuesday night. Maurer leads the Generals in wins (7), strikeouts (96) and innings pitched (115.1). In 4 starts in July, Maurer is 2-0, with a 2.45 ERA (7 ER, 25.2 IP) in 4 starts in July. Since June 1 he is 5-1 with a 2.81 ERA (20 ER, 64.0 IP) in 10 starts. During this stretch has lowered his season ERA from 4.38 to 3.51.
“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 14 games, the Generals have hit 12 home runs, including 4 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 80 homers this season..
BEST IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals 61 wins are the most in the Southern League. Jackson leads the league in ERA (3.19), while ranking T2nd with a team batting average at .260 (912×3502). The Generals also lead the league in total bases (1397), slugging percentage (.399) and home runs with 80.
WHO’S HOT?: INF Brad Miller currently leads all Mariners farmhands with 47 multi-hit games this season, batting a combined .340 (147×432) with 91 runs scored, 33 doubles, 5 triples, 12 home runs and 58 RBI. His 146 hits are currently T-2nd-most in the Minor Leagues this season, while 91 runs scored rank 3rd and his 34 doubles rank 7th.
-> RH Yoervis Medina has allowed 1 run in his last 29.2 innings in relief (0.31 ERA). During this 18 game stretch has limited opponents to a .206 (21×102) average, while walking 10 and striking out 27.
VIVA LA ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely 24 of 30 games with 14 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .336 (39×116) with 18 runs scored, 11 doubles, 2 triple, 4 home runs and 27 RBI.