Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (20-16, 62-44 at Birmingham Barons (CHW) (17-20, 47-59)
Site: Regions Park, Birmingham, Alabama
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Taijuan Walker (7-5, 4.09) vs. LHP Spencer Arroyo (4-1, 3.49)
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
Archived Generals Interviews: Generals YouTube
Game Information: | Game Notes 7-31 at Birmingham
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: With the series tied at 1-1, the Generals play game 3 of the 5-game set against the Birmingham Barons (CHW) tonight at Regions Park. This is the lone visit Jackson pays to Birmingham. The Generals took 4 of 5 from the Barons, April 5-9 at Pringles Park to open the 2012 season.
GENERALS RECAP: LF Joe Dunigan (1×4, R, HR, RBI) hit his league-leading 20th home run of the season and starter Brandon Maurer allowed 1 run over 6.0 innings as Jackson defeated Birmingham 5-4 on Monday night. 2B Stefen Romero (pictured right, Jesse Garrett) (2×4, R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI), who led the team in both hits and RBI, hit his 5th home run for Jackson, a 3-run blast in the 5th inning that gave the Generals a 5- 1 lead. Maurer (6.0,3,1,0,1,7) earned his 8th win of the season, allowing 1 run (0 ER) on 3 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 7. LH Mauricio Robles (0.1,3,3,3,2,0) allowed 3 runs in bottom of the 7th inning, but LH Jose Jimenez (1.0,1,0,0,0,0) and RH Yoervis Medina (1.2,1,0,0,2,2,) held Birmingham scoreless over the final 2.2 innings to secure the win. Medina earned his 2nd save of the season with a scoreless 1.2 innings.
MARINERS ACTIVE AT DEADLINE: Seattle acquired outfielder Leon Landry and right-handed pitcher Logan Bawcom (bah-cuhm) from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Brandon League. Also the M’s acquired outfielder Eric Thames from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher and former General Steve Delabar.
OLD CLOSER – MEET THE NEW CLOSER: RH Carter Capps struck out 3 over 1.1 hitless and scoreless innings of work over the 8th and 9th last night in his first outing for AAA Tacoma. RH Yoervis Medina has allowed 1 run in his last 31.1 innings in relief (0.29 ERA). During this 19 game stretch has limited opponents to a .206 (22×107) average, while walking 12 and striking out 29. He is 2×2 in save chances since Capps left Friday.
BEST IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals 62 wins are the most in the Southern League. Jackson leads the league in ERA (3.19). The Generals also lead the league in total bases (1414) and slugging percentage (.400) and home runs with 82.
MAURER POWER: RH Brandon Maurer ranks 4th in the Southern League with a 3.34 ERA. He also leads the Generals in wins (8), strikeouts (103) and innings pitched (121.1). In 5 starts in July, Maurer is 3-0, with a 1.99 ERA (7 ER, 31.2 IP). Since June 1 he is 6-1 with a 2.57 ERA (20 ER, 70.0 IP) in 11 starts. During this stretch has lowered his season ERA from 4.38 to 3.34.
RECORD SETTING PACE: The Generals have reached the 62 win mark the fastest this season since 2005. The Generals are 4 games off the pace off of the 2005 Diamond Jaxx that won 83 games and 6 off the pace of the 1999 Diamond Jaxx that won a record 84 games.
VIVA LA ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely 25 of 31 games with 15 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .342 (41×120) with 19 runs scored, 12 doubles, 2 triple, 5 home runs and 32 RBI.
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.
“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 15 games, the Generals have hit 14 home runs, including 5 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 82 homers this season..
WHO’S HOT?: SS Brad Miller has hit safely in 6 of 7 games since his promotion to Jackson, batting .333 (9×27) with 2 runs scored, 1 double, 1 home run and 2 RBI. He currently leads all Mariners farmhands with 47 multi-hit games this season, batting a combined .339 (148×437) with 91 runs scored, 34 doubles, 5 triples, 12 home runs and 58 RBI. His 148 hits are currently 2nd-most in the Minor Leagues this season, while 91 runs scored rank T3rd and his 33 doubles rank T6th.