Today’s Game: Jackson Generals (SEA) (31-26, 73-54 at Mobile BayBears (ARI) (24-33, 64-63)
Site: Hank Aaron Stadium, Mobile, Alabama
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP James Gillheeney (0-1, 3.55) vs. RHP Michael Bolsinger (4-2, 3.68)
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 FM (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 8-21 at Mobile
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight, the Generals play the middle game of the 5-game series in Mobile with the series tied 1-1. Jackson is in the midst of playing 16 games in 15 days (5-3). On the current road trip to Mobile (1-1) and Chattanooga the Generals are 1-1. The Generals are 2 games back of Chattanooga in the SL North second half standings.
GENERALS RECAP: – Rich Poythress (pictured right) was 3-for-6 with 2 homers and 3 RBI Monday as Jackson split a double-header with Mobile at Hank Aaron Stadium. The Generals won game one, 4-2 and dropped game two 4-3. Jackson blasted 4 home runs total in the twin bill, two in each game. C Mike Zunino (1×4, HR, RBI) homered in game one along with Poythress. LH James Paxton (8-4) earned the win in game one, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits in 6.0 innings. Paxton struck out 6 and walked two. RH Logan Bawcom pitched a scoreless 7th inning and earned his 2nd Jackson save and 15th overall this season. In game two Poythress and Joe Dunigan (1×3, HR, RBI) homered. Dunigan now leads the league with 24 home runs this season. LH Anthony Fernandez (4-2) suffered the loss in game 2, allowing 4 runs, 3 earned on 6 hits in 4.1 innings. Fernandez walked 2 and struck out 5. SS Brad Miller was 2-for-3 in game two and combined to go 3-for-6 in the two games with an RBI and run scored.
OF NOTE: INF Nate Tenbrink has hit safely in each of his last 5 games, batting .364 (8×22) with 4 runs scored, 1 triple, 1 home run and 2 RBI.
-> C Mike Zunino has hit safely in 4 of 5 games with Jackson, including his last 4 straight. He is currently batting .375 (6×16) with 1 double, 2 home runs, 3 RBI and 2 walks in 5 games.
-> Dating back to last Friday, the Generals bullpen has not allowed a run in 14.1 innings pitched. This season the bullpen has posted a league-best 2.97 ERA with 28 saves.
VIRAL VIDEO: During last Wednesday’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 2:30 this afternoon it had 95,360 views on YouTube.
VIVA LA ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero had his 13-game hitting streak end Saturday, but he has hit safely 39 of 47 games (w/AB) with 21 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .339 (62×183) with 32 runs scored, 14 doubles, 4 triple, 9 home runs and 40 RBI. Romero has hit safely in 7 of his last 8 games, batting .383 (13×34) with 6 runs scored, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 8 RBI.
MAURER POWER: RH Brandon Maurer ranks 3rd in the Southern League with a 3.20 ERA. He also leads the Generals in wins (9), strikeouts (117) and innings pitched (137.1). Since June 1 he is 7-1 with a 2.50 ERA (24 ER, 86.1 IP) with 10 qualitiy starts in 14 starts. During this stretch has lowered his season ERA from 4.38 to 3.20. In 8 starts since returning from DL on July 3,
“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 35 games, the Generals have hit 36 home runs, including 11 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 104 homers this season. Mobile is 2nd in the league with 92 home runs.
BEST IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals lead the league with 73 wins and also lead the league in ERA (3.24). The Generals position players also lead the league in total bases (1710), slugging percentage (.405) and home runs (104). The Generals are T-1st in batting average at .263.
RECORD SETTING PACE: The Generals 73 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.
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 .188 (25×133) average, while walking 16 and striking out 41.
MILLER TIME: SS Brad Miller has hit safely in 21 of 27 games since his promotion to Jackson, batting .320 (33×103) with 13 runs scored, 2 doubles, 3 home runs and 8 RBI. He currently leads all Mariners farmhands with 53 multi-hit games this season, batting a combined .335 (172×513) with 102 runs scored, 35 doubles, 5 triples, 14 home runs and 64 RBI. His 171 hits are currently 2nd-most in the Minor Leagues this season, while 101 runs scored rank 4th