Today’s Game: Jackson Generals (SEA) (28-25, 70-53 vs. Mississippi Braves (ATL) (24-29, 54-69)
Site: Pringles Park, Jackson, Tenn
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP Steve Garrison (5-3, 3.94) vs. RHP Gary Moran (5-10, 3.05))
Radio: WEB ONLY! (pregame 6:50) / GAMEDAY AUDIO and TuneIn Radio App. is available
Promotions: Kids Eat Free Friday, Pregame Team Autograph Session
Live Stats: Live pitch-by-pitch coverage will be available on MILB GAMEDAY
Archived Generals Interviews: Generals YouTube
Game Information: | Game Notes 8-17 vs Mississippi
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight is game 5 of the 6-game series in 5 days with the M-Braves at Pringles Park.The series is tied 2-2. Jackson leads season series 9-5. The Generals are in the midst of a 16 games in 15 days stretch covering 3 cities. Jackson is 3 games back of Chattanooga in the SL North second half standings.
GENERALS RECAP: – Brandon Maurer became the Generals first 9-game winner as the Generals topped Mississippi 5-2 on Thursday at Pringles Park. The Generals also become the first team in the Southern League to 70 wins. The Generals scored 2 runs in the 3rd taking advantage of an RBI single from Nate Tenbrink and RBI groundout from Stefen Romero taking a 2-0 lead. Jackson added to their lead in the 5th inning with a 2-run single by Joe Dunigan and an RBI double by Mike Zunino. It was Zunino’s first Double-A RBI. The Braves would score 2 runs in the 8th against Jackson reliever Mauricio Robles, but stranded the bases loaded. Starter Brandon Maurer (9-2) tossed 6.0 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 2. Yoervis Medina struck out 2 and walked 2 over the final 1.2 innings to earn his 5th save. Braves starter J.R. Graham (1-1) took the loss. Mike Zunino (pictured right, Bradley Field) reached base 4 times Thursday going 3-for-3 with a double, RBI and walk. Nate Tenbrink was 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI. Stefen Romero was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
VIRAL VIDEO: During yesterday’s perfect game pitched by Felix Hernandez in Seattle a video of the Generals reaction during batting practice has gone viral. The video featuring Felix’s brother Moises has been aired on MLB.com, MLB Network, ESPN Sports Center and Yahoo Sports today. As of 1:30 this afternoon it had 73,863 views on YouTube.
Yesterday’s interview with Moises Hernandez (Felix’s older brother)
ROMERO STREAKING: INF Stefen Romero is currently riding a 12-game hitting streak, the 2nd longest by a General this season (Poythress 13G). During the streak Romo is batting .409 (18×44) with a double, 2 triples, 4 home runs and 8 RBI. He has hit safely 38 of 45 games with 20 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion.
MAURER POWER: RH Brandon Maurer ranks 3rd in the Southern League with a 3.20 ERA, 4th in wins with 9, 2nd in strikeouts with 117 and leads the Generals with 24 starts this season. Maurer also leads the Southern League with 14 quality starts this season.
“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 31 games, the Generals have hit 30 home runs, including 9 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 98 homers this season. Mobile and Jacksonville are T-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.
BEST IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals lead the league in ERA (3.24). The Generals position players also lead the league in total bases (1643), slugging percentage (.403) and home runs (98).
RECORD SETTING PACE: The Generals 70 wins is the fastest to that mark since 2005. The Generals are 5 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. Last season the Generals won just 68 games and the most won since becoming at Mariners affiliate in 2006 was 75 that season.
FUNKY COLD MEDINA: RH Yoervis Medina has allowed 3 runs in his last 39.0 innings in relief (0.69 ERA). During this 26 game stretch has limited opponents to a .192 (25×135) average, while walking 16 and striking out 41. He is 5-for-5 in save chances as the Generals closer