Today’s Game: Jackson Generals (SEA) (32-27, 74-55 at Mobile BayBears (ARI) (25-34, 65-64)
Site: Hank Aaron Stadium, Mobile, Alabama
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Taijuan Walker (7-7, 4.11) vs. RHP Chase Anderson (4-3, 2.61)
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 8-23 at Mobile
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME: Tonight is the rubber match of the 5-game series against the Mobile BayBears with the series tied 2-2. Jackson is in the midst of playing 16 games in 15 days (6-4). On the current road trip to Mobile (2-2) and Chattanooga the Generals are 2-2. The Generals are 3 games back of Chattanooga in the SL North second half standings with 11 games remaining in the regular season.
GENERALS RECAP: – Mobile scored 6 runs in the first 3 innings and defeated Jackson 9-3 on Wednesday night. The Mobile win evened the series at 2-2 forcing the rubber match of the series on Thursday night. Jackson now trails Chattanooga by 3.0 games in the division with 11 games remaining in the regular season. C Jesus Sucre (2×4, R) and CF Denny Almonte (2×4) combined for 4 of the Generals 7 hits, while SS Brad Miller (1×3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB), RF Chih-Hsien Chiang (0x3, SF, RBI) and DH Johermyn Chavez (1×3, RBI, BB) each recorded 1 RBI. Starter Steve Garrison (5.0,10,7,6,4,0) recorded the loss, allowing 7 runs (6 ER) on 10 hits in 5.0 innings. RH Moises Hernandez (1.0,1,2,2,1,0,HR) allowed 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th innings, while LH Mauricio Robles (2.0,0,0,0,0,2) struck out 2 in 2.0 perfect innings in relief.
OF NOTE: INF Nate Tenbrink has hit safely in each of his last 6 games, batting .370 (10×27) with 5 runs scored, 1 triple, 1 home run and 2 RBI.
-> C Mike Zunino has hit safely in 5 of 6 games with Jackson, including his last 5 straight. He is currently batting .421 (8×19) with 4 runs scored, 2 double, 2 home runs, 3 RBI and 4 walks in 6 games.
-> INF Rich Poythress is batting .458 (11×24) with 4 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs and 8 RBI in his last 6 games.
BEST IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals lead the league in ERA (3.29). The Generals position players also lead the league in average (.263) total bases (1734), slugging percentage (.404) and home runs (104).
MAJOR LEAGUE TEAM STREAKING: The Mariners have won 8 straight games, the longest streak since winning 8 in a row June 23-July 1, 2007. Seattle has won 15 of 16 at Safeco Field, the best 15-game home stretch in franchise history. Seattle is 25-13 (.658) since the All-Star Break, the best record in the AL.
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 96,827 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 37 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 93 home runs.
RECORD SETTING PACE: The Generals 74 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.
MILLER TIME: SS Brad Miller currently has a 7-game hit streak, batting .429 (12×28) with 2 runs scored, 1 double, 1 home run and 4 RBI. He has also hit safely in 23 of 29 games since his promotion to Jackson, batting .327 (36×110) with 13 runs scored, 3 doubles, 3 home runs and 9 RBI. He currently leads all Mariners farmhands with 54 multi-hit games this season, batting a combined .337 (175×520) with 102 runs scored, 36 doubles, 5 triples, 14 home runs and 65 RBI. His 175 hits are currently 2nd-most in the Minor Leagues this season, while 102 runs scored rank T6th.