SLCS Game 1: Jackson Generals (SEA) (79-61, 3-1) vs. Mobile BayBears (ARI) (69-71, 3-1)
Site: Pringles Park – Jackson, Tennessee
Time: 6:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: LHP James Paxton (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Chase Anderson (1-0, 3.60)
Radio: NewsTalk 101.5 FM (pregame 5:50) / 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 9-11 vs Mobile
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TODAY’S GAME:The Generals open the 2012 Southern League Championship Series tonight at Pringles Park against the Mobile BayBears. This is the Jackson franchise’s first appearance in the Championship Series since 2005 and fourth overall appearance. Jackson won 6 of 10 meetings with Mobile during the regular season. Mobile is looking for their 2nd straight SL title and fourth since joining the league in 19997.
GENERALS RECAP: 3B Nate Tenbrink and C Mike Zunino each homered as Jackson defeated Chattanooga 8-2 on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Generals advanced to the 2012 Southern League Championship Series for the first time since 2005. The Generals scored first in the 2nd inning on a 2-out RBI single by SS Brad Miller that scored Tenbrink. Tenbrink hit a solo homer to right in the 4th inning, making the score 2-0. Jackson added 2 more runs in the 6th inning on a 2 out bases loaded single by LF Chih-Hsien Chiang. The Lookouts cut the lead in half during the bottom of the 6th inning, getting RBI doubles from Luis Nunez and Jake Lemmerman. Again Jackson loaded the bases in the 8th inning and 1B Rich Poythress (1×6, RBI) delivered an RBI single to make the score 5-2. Zunino delivered the knockout punch in the 9th inning with a 2-out 3-run homer to left giving Jackson an 8-2 advantage. The homer was the 3rd from Zunino in the series. The Generals recorded 18 hits with 8 starters recording at least 1 hit and 6 with multi-hit contests. Chiang (3×4, 2 RBI, BB), Tenbrink (3×5, 3 R, 2B, HR, RBI) and CF Francisco Martinez (3×4, R) each led the team with 3 hits, while Miller (2×6, R, RBI), Zunino (2×4, R, HR, 3 RBI) and 2B Stefen Romero (2×5, R, BB) each had 2 hits in the game. Starter Anthony Fernandez (5.2,4,2,2,2,4) recorded the win, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits in 5.2 innings. Reliever Yoervis Medina (2.1,2,0,0,2,2) and Logan Bawcom (1.0,0,0,0,1,2) combined to strikeout 4 batters over the final 3.1 in relief.
POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: During the first 4 games of the postseason Jackson is batting .326 (45×138) with 18 runs scored, 7 doubles and 4 home runs, posting 18 RBI against Chattanooga. The pitching staff is 3-1 with a 1.54 ERA (6 ER, 35.0 IP), while walking 16 and striking out 28 in the first 4 games. INF Nate Tenbrink is currently leading the Generals, batting .455 (5×11) with 4 runs scored, 1 double, 1 home run and 1 RBI in 3 games. SS Brad Miller has hit safely in each of the first 4 games during the post-season, batting .444 (8×18) with 4 runs scored, 1 double and 2 RBI. C Mike Zunino currently leads the team in home runs (3) and RBI (7). RH Logan Bawcom (3.0,1,0,0,2,3) has tossed a scoreless inning in each of the 3 games he has appeared. LH James Paxton leads the team with 6.0 scoreless innings and 9 strikeouts.
GENERALS IN THE POSTSEASON: The Jackson franchise is making its 7th appearance in the postseason in 2012. Overall the Generals are 20-21 in Southern League postseason games. The last time Jackson was in the playoffs was in 2010, falling to Tennessee in the North Division Series 3-1. Jackson is appearing in the Championship Series for the 4th time, last in 2005. (1999, 2000, 2005, 2012). This is the first time that Jackson has won a North Division title as an affiliate of the Mariners. The only Jackson SL title came in 2000 over Jacksonville.
FREE ADMISSION: The Generals will host games 1 and 2 of the Championship Series today and Wednesday at Pringles Park, with game times each night set for 6:05 p.m. CT. The Generals would like to celebrate this historic season by offering free admission to each of the games at Pringles Park. Free admission is a thank you to all the fans of Jackson and West Tennessee who have helped make Pringles Park the place to be in 2012. Games 3, 4 (if necessary) and 5 (if necessary) will be played at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The series is identical to the North Division Series and is best of 5.
TOPS IN THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE: The Generals lead the league in wins (79), pitching staff led the league in ERA (3.37). The Generals position players also lead the league in total bases (1878), slugging percentage (.404) and home runs (118), while tying first in average (.261).
3RD-BEST SEASON IN FRANCHISE HISTORY: The Generals 79 wins during the regular season was 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.
ERRORLESS SEASON FOR SUCRE: C Jesus Sucre was the only qualifying catcher in the league to not have an error this season. He led allow SL catcher with a 1.000 fielding percentage (0 ER, 769 TC). He also finished 2nd in the league with a .444 (40 SB, 32 CS) caught stealing percentage.
HISTORIC SEASON FOR MARINERS MINORS: The Mariners 9 minor league affiliates wrapped up the 2012 season putting together one of the best seasons in club history, combining for a 496-406 (.550) record…the organization currently leads all Major League farm systems in wins (496) and winning percentage (.550)…the Mariners 496 organizational wins set a new record for more wins in a single sesaon by any Major League farm system…six of the Mariners 9 affiliates qualified for the postseason in 2012.
MAURER NAMED SL PITCHER OF THE YEAR: RH Brandon Maurer Monday was named the league’s most outstanding pitcher. He ranked 5th in the Southern League with a 3.20 ERA. He led 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,
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 48 games of the season, the Generals 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 ranked 2nd amongst all Minor Leaguers this year with 186 hits. Only Reno’s Adam Eaton (197) recorded more hits than Miller this season. Miller is batted .334 (186×557) with 110 runs scored, 40 doubles, 7 triples, 15 home runs and 68 RBI in 136 games combined between High Desert and Jackson. His 110 runs scored currently ranks 4th in the Minor Leagues, while his 40 doubles are T10th overall.