Generals Update (Wednesday, August 15)

Today’s Game: Jackson Generals (SEA) (27-24, 69-52 vs. Mississippi Braves (ATL) (23-28, 53-68)
Site: Pringles Park, Jackson, Tenn
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up:
LHP James Gillheeney (0-0, 3.86) vs. RHP David Hale (6-4, 4.24)
Radio:  NewsTalk 101.5 (pregame 6:50) /  GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App. is available
Promotions: A Beautiful Night for Baseball!
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Archived Generals Interviews: Generals YouTube
Game Information:  | Game Notes 8-15 vs Mississippi
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals

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TODAY’S GAME: The Generals and Braves meet tonight at 7:05 in game 3 of the 6-game series in 5 days and the series tied 1-1. Jackson leads the season series over the M-Braves 8-4 and the all-time series, 78-77. The Generals trail Chattanooga by  2 games in the SL North second half standings. Including tonight’s game the Generals have 19 games remaining, 9 at home and 10 on the road.

GENERALS RECAP: The Generals split a double-header with Missisippi at Pringles Park on Tuesday night, dropping game one 4-2 and walking off with the victory in game two, 4-3. With 19 games remaining, the Generals are 2 games back of first place Chattanooga. In game 1, In game 1, the Braves jumped out to a quick 4-0, scoring 2 runs in the 3rd and 2 runs in the 4th. The Generals committed 4 errors in the 2-inning span, setting a season-high. The Generals added a run in the 9th inning on a RBI groundout from Joe Dunigan and a run in the 7th on a sacrifice fly from Denny Almonte. 1B Rich Poythress (2×3, 2B) led the team with 2 hits, while CF Denny Almonte (1×1, RBI, 2 BB, SF) and DH Joe Dunigan (0x3, RBI) each knocked in 1 of the 2 Jackson runs. C Mike Zunino made his Double-A debut with Jackson, going 0x2 with a walk. Starter James Paxton (6.0,5,4,1,2,4) recorded the loss, allowing 4 runs (1 ER) on 5 hits in 6.0 innings. RH Jonathan Arias (1.0,0,0,0,0,1) struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 7th inning to close out the game. In game 2, RF Chih-Hsien Chiang hit a walk-off single scoring DH Stefen Romero (1×3, R, BB) as Jackson defeated Mississippi 4-3. Chiang (2×4, R, 2B, RBI), SS Brad Miller (2×4) and CF Johermyn Chavez (2×3, R, HR, RBI) each recorded 2 of Jackson’s 10 hits. Starter Anthony Fernandez (5.0,5,2,2,0,3,HR) allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in 5.0 innings, but didn’t figure into the decision. RH Yoervis Medina (1.0,0,0,0,1,3) walked 1 and struck out 3 in the 6th inning, while Logan Bawcom (1.0,0,1,1,3,1) recorded the win despite allowing 1 run in the 7th.

“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 29 games, the Generals have hit 29 home runs, including 9 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 97 homers this season. Mobile ranks 2nd in the league with 89 home runs.

ZUNINO PROMOTED TO JACKSON: Monday, the Mariners promoted 2012 #3 overall pick Mike Zunino to Jackson from Short-A Everett. Zunino was batting .373 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI and a .74 on-base percentage in 29 games since signing on July 3rd. Zunino was the 2012 Golden Spikes Award Winner and National Player of the Year in college baseball out of Florida. He was also the Johnny Bench award winner given to the nations top catcher.

MAURER POWER: RH Brandon Maurer ranks 4th in the Southern League with a 3.35 ERA. He also leads the Generals in wins (8), strikeouts (115) and innings pitched (132.1). In 5 starts in July, Maurer was 3-0, with a 1.99 ERA (7 ER, 31.2 IP). Since June 1 he is 6-1 with a 2.69 ERA (24 ER, 80.1 IP) win 9 qualitiy starts in 13 starts. During this stretch has lowered his season ERA from 4.38 to 3.35. In 8 starts since returning from DL on July 3.

BEST IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals lead the league in ERA (3.27). The Generals position players also lead the league in total bases (1617), slugging percentage (.403) and home runs (97).

RECORD SETTING PACE: The Generals 68 wins is the fastest to that mark since 2005. The Generals are 4 games off the pace off of the 2005 Diamond Jaxx that won 83 games and 5 off the pace of the 1999 Diamond Jaxx that won a record 84 games. Last season the Generals won just 68 games and the most won since becoming at Mariners affiliate in 2006 was 75 that season.

#VIVALAROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely 36 of 43 games (w/AB) with 19 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .341 (56×164) with 29 runs scored, 13 doubles, 3 triple, 9 home runs and 39 RBI. Romero has hit safely in each of his last 8 games, batting .462 (13×28) with 6 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 8 RBI.

FUNKY COLD MEDINA: RH Yoervis Medina has allowed 3 runs in his last 37.1 innings in relief (0.72 ERA). During this 25 game stretch has limited opponents to a .195 (25×128) average, while walking 14 and striking out 39.

MILLER TIME: SS Brad Miller has hit safely in 16 of 21 games since his promotion to Jackson, batting .296 (24×81) with 11 runs scored, 2 doubles, 3 home runs and 7 RBI. He currently leads all Mariners farmhands with 51 multi-hit games this season, batting a combined .333 (163×491) with 100 runs scored, 35 doubles, 5 triples, 14 home runs and 63 RBI. His 163 hits are currently 2nd-most in the Minor Leagues this season, while 100 runs scored rank 4th.

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).

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