Today’s Game: Jackson Generals (SEA) (37-32, 79-60 vs. Jacksonville Suns (MIA) (36-33, 69-70)
Site: Pringles Park, Jackson, TN
Time: 2:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP Steve Garrison (5-4, 4.76) vs. LHP Brian Flynn (2-0, 3.92)
Promotions: Labor Day Game
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 FM (pregame 1:50) / 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 9-3 vs Jacksonville
Generals Blog: Inside the Jackson Generals
TODAY’S GAME:Today the Generals play the final game of the regular season in search of their 80th win of the season. The Generals have won 3 of 4 against the Suns during the current 5-game series and overall 6 of 7 at home. The Generals lead the season series over the Suns, 5-4.
GENERALS RECAP: – The Generals comeback fell short Sunday as Jackson fell to the Jacksonville Suns at Pringles Park, 10-9. Jackson put single tallies on the scoreboard in each of the first 3 innings, jumping out to a 3-0 lead. In the 1st LF Chih-Hsien Chiang hit a sacrifice fly to center scoring SS Brad Miller. In the 2nd inning, CF Denny Almonte brought in RF Johermyn Chavez with an RBI single and 3B Nate Tenbrink hit a solo homer in the 3rd. The Jacksonville Suns had their biggest inning of the season in the top of the 4th inning by sending 14 batters to the plate and scoring 9 runs. Kyle Jensen hit a homer and drove in 4 runs in the inning and Jake Jeffries had a two-run blast. The Generals began to mount a comeback in the bottom of the 4th inning with DH Joe Dunigan getting his 25th homer of the season making it 9-4. The Suns and Generals traded homers in the 7th inning as Kyle Skipworth homered in the top of the inning and Miller homered in the bottom of the inning. Jacksonville led 10-5. The Generals trimmed the lead to 10-8 in the 8th with three-run homer from Almonte. It was Almonte’s 12th of the season. Jackson did cut the lead to 10-9 in the 9th on an RBI single from Chiang. Tenbrink, Miller, Chavez and Almonte all collected 2 hits as Jackson out-hit the Suns 12-9. Generals’ starter RH Taijuan Walker (7-10) suffered the loss giving up 8 runs, 7 earned on 5 hits in 3.1. Walker struck out 7 and walked 1.
BREAKOUT SEASON FOR ROMERO: INF Stefen Romero has hit safely 46 of 54 games (w/AB) with 24 multi-hit games with Jackson since his promotion, batting .344 (73×212) with 38 runs scored, 15 doubles, 4 triples, 12 home runs and 50 RBI. Romero is currently batting .351 (165×470) with 85 runs scored, 34 doubles, 7 triples, 23 home runs and 101 RBI in 115 games combined between High Desert and Jackson. He is one of 17 players in the Minor Leagues this season to knock in at least 100 runs this season.
HOME SWEET PRINGLES: The Generals have won 6 of the last 7 at home and are 44-25 at home this season as opposed to 35-35 on the road. During the month of August, the Generals were 10-3 at Pringles Park as opposed to 6-11 on the road.
TOPS IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals lead the league in wins (79), home runs (118), slugging percentage (.406), total bases (1870) and ERA (3.38). Jackson is T-1st in the league in batting average, (.261)
3RD-BEST SEASON IN FRANCHISE HISTORY: The Generals 79 wins is the 3rd-most in franchise history and most since 2005. The 2005 Diamond Jaxx won 83 games and the 1999 Diamond Jaxx 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.
GATOR CHOMP: Mariners 2012 1st rounder out of Florida, C Mike Zunino has hit safely in 10 of 14 games with Jackson, batting .333 (17×50) with 6 runs scored, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 8 RBI and 4 walks.
HISTORIC SEASON FOR MARINERS MINORS: The Mariners 9 minor league affiliates are putting together one of the best seasons in club history, combining for a 492-402 (.550) record. All but three of the Mariners affiliates have qualified for the postseason in 2012. The organization currently leads all Major League farm systems in wins (492) and winning percentage (.550).
ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE ROSTER ANNOUNCED: The Arizona Fall League is set to begin its 20th season on Tuesday, October 9. Each AFL team is comprised of 5 major league organizations working cooperatively. Each organization is required to assign six of their most promising Major League prospects to the league. The roster includes 2012 Generals pitchers Logan Bawcom, Bobby LaFromboise and James Paxton. They will join position players Stefen Romero, Mike Zunino and Nick Franklin. They will join pitcher Carson Smith and infielder Vinnie Catricala, and. Romero is listed as a “taxi squad” member, which means he is only activated only on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Generals pitching coach Lance Painter will serve as Pitching Coach for the Peoria Javelinas.
ALL STARS AMONG US: The Jackson Generals had 3 representatives on the team SL Postseason All-Star Team. Righthanded reliever Carter Capps was named the league’s best relief pitcher, RH Brandon Maurer was named the league’s top right-handed starting pitcher and Jesus Sucre was named the top catcher in the league.
“KISS IT GOODBYE”: Over the course of the last 47 games, the Generals have hit 50 home runs, including 15 multi-homer games. The Generals lead the league with 118 homers this season. Jacksonville is 2nd in the league with 107 home runs.
ALL ABOUT THE HITS: SS Brad Miller currently ranks 2nd amongst all Minor Leaguers this year with 186 hits. Only Reno’s Adam Eaton (193) has recorded more hits than Miller this season. Miller is currently batting .334 (186×557) with 110 runs scored, 40 doubles, 7 triples, 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 135 games combined between High Desert and Jackson.
FIRST ROUND FRENZY:The Generals have had 4 Mariners 1st round picks on the roster this season. INF Nick Franklin (‘09, #27, now in AAA Tacoma), RHP Taijuan Walker (‘10, #43), LHP Danny Hultzen (‘11, #2, now in AAA Tacoma) and C Mike Zunino (‘12, #3)
MARINERS FUTURE IN JACKSON: With the addition of Brad Miller, the Generals roster currently contains 10 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 Forrest Snow (19), P Brandon Maurer (21), OF Chih-Hsien Chiang (24), P Mauricio Robles (26), OF Johermyn Chavez (28), INF Rich Poythress (29).