Today’s Matchup: Jackson Generals (SEA) (20-17, 62-45 at Birmingham Barons (CHW) (18-20, 48-59)
Site: Regions Park, Birmingham, Alabama
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP James Paxton (5-3, 3.34) vs. RHP Jake Petricka (0-1, 3.38)
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 8-1 at Birmingham
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: Down 2-1 in the series, the Generals tonight play game 4 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: Birmingham’s Spencer Arrojo tossed a career high 8.1 innings on Tuesday as Birmingham knocked off the Generals 4-1 at Regions Park. The Barons broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the 4th inning by scoring 3 runs with 2 outs. 8th place hitter, Jake Oester drove in 2 runs with a double and Greg Paiml singled in Oester to make it 3-0 Barons. Birmingham scored again in the 7th inning by taking advantage of the 2nd Generals error of the game. The Barons took a 4-0 advantage. The Generals finally dented the scoreboard in the 9th inning, making the score 4-1 on a double from Denny Almonte that scored Francisco Martinez from first. Jackson starter Taijuan Walker suffered the loss despite his second straight quality start. Walker allowed 3 runs on 7 hits over 6.0 innings pitched. Walker walked 1 and fanned 3. Kohlscheen made his Double-A debut giving up an unearned run on 2 hits, walking 1 and striking out 1. Moises Hernandez tossed a perfect eighth inning. No General collected a multi-hit game Tuesday.
MARINERS ACTIVE AT DEADLINE: Seattle acquired outfielder Leon Landry and right-handed pitcher Logan Bawcom (bah-cuhm), who joins Jackson today 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.
CAPPS ACTIVATED BY MARINERS: RHP Carter Capps (pictured right, John Shadrick) was promoted to Seattle yesterday after just 1 appearance with AAA Tacoma. . In 38 appearances with AA Jackson he went 2-3 with a Southern League-leading 19 saves and a 1.26 ERA (7 ER, 50.0 IP). The 6-5, 220-pound right-hander struck out 72 batters for a 12.96 K/9.0 IP ratio, and held opponents to a .212 (40×189) batting average. When he makes his Major League debut, Capps will become just the second player from the 2011 MLB draft to appear in a Major League game (Trevor Bauer, Arizona, 3rd overall).
MEET THE NEW CLOSER: 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 (1421) and slugging percentage (.398) 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 26 of 32 games with 15 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .336 (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).
“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 16 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.