SLCS Game 3: Jackson Generals (SEA) (79-61, 4-2) vs. Mobile BayBears (ARI) (69-71, 4-2)
Site: Hank Aaron Stadium – Mobile, Alabama
Series: Tied 1-1
Time: 7:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Taijuan Walker (0-1, 1.23) vs. RHP Braden Hagens (1-0, 0.00)
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
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Game Information: | Game Notes 9-13 at Mobile
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TODAY’S GAME: The Southern League Championship Series shifts to Mobile for game 3 of the best-of-5 series that is tied 1-1. This is the Jackson franchise’s first appearance in the Championship Series since 2005 and 4th overall appearance. Jackson won 6 of 10 meetings with Mobile during the regular season. Mobile is looking for their 2nd straight SL title and 4th since joining the league in 19997.
GENERALS RECAP: Mobile used a 5-run 5th inning to defeat Jackson 7-2 on Wednesday night and even the Southern League Championship Series at 1-1. The BayBears sent eight hitters to the dish in the 5th inning and scored 5 runs. Jackson added 2 runs in the bottom of the 5th inning when 2B Stefen Romero brought in CF Denny Almonte and SS Brad Miller with a double to right. Romero (2×4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Miller (2×5, R) each recorded 2 hits, while Almonte (1×3, R, BB) added Jackson’s only other hit. Starter James Gillheeney (5.0,9,6,6,0,4,HR,WP) recorded the loss, allowing 6 runs on 9 hits in 5.0 innings. LH Jose Jimenez allowed a run in the top of the 9th, while Forrest Snow (2.0,0,0,0,0,2), Jonathan Arias (1.0,0,0,0,0,3) and Moises Hernandez (0.2,0,0,0,0,0) each had a scoreless outing for the Generals.
POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: During the first 6 games of the postseason Jackson is batting .286 (58×203) with 28 runs scored, 11 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs and 28 RBI. The pitching staff is 4-2 with a 2.21 ERA (13 ER, 53.0 IP), while walking 18 and striking out 49 in the first 6 games. C Mike Zunino currently leads the team in runs scored (6), home runs (3) and RBI (8). Overall he is batting .381 (8×21) with 6 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs and 8 RBI in 6 games. SS Brad Miller has hit safely in each of the first 6 games during the post-season, batting .407 (11×27) with 5 runs scored, 2 doubles and 2 RBI. INF Stefen Romero is currently batting .400 (10×25) with 3 runs scored, 2 doubles, 4 RBI and 1 walk. OF Chih-Hsien Chiang (.348/8×23, R, 2B, 5 RBI) and OF Johermyn Chavez (.211/4×19, R, 2B, HR, 5 RBI) each have knocked in 5 runs during the postseason. RH Logan Bawcom (4.0,2,0,0,2,4) has tossed a scoreless inning in each of the 4 games he has appeared. LH James Paxton (13.1,7,1,0,3,19) has allowed 7 hits and struck out 19 in 13.1 innings with out an earned run to go 2-0 in his 2 postseason starts.
GENERALS IN THE POSTSEASON: The Jackson franchise is making its 7th appearance in the postseason in 2012. Overall the Generals are 21-22 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.
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 a M’s affiliate in 06.
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.
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),