Game #78: Jackson Generals 2-6 (33-44) vs. Tennessee Smokies 6-2 (39-38)
Time/Place: 7:05 pm CT | The Ballpark at Jackson
Promotions: Flat Screen Friday
Pitching Match-Up: LHP Tyler Pike (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Edward Figueroa (0-0, 4.73)
Radio: 96.5 ESPN | Listen Live Online | TuneIn Radio App | IPAD or IPHONE
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• Tonight the Generals continue a 10-game homestand with game four of a five-game series with Tennessee (0-3). The Generals welcome Mobile on Sunday for a five-game set. The Generals are 4-8 against the Smokies this season including 1-6 at The Ballpark at Jackson…were 2-3 on recent road trip to Mississippi.
• The game can be heard on 96.5 ESPN, online at jacksongeneralsbaseball.com or TuneIn Radio.
• DH Kevin Rivers (2×3, 2 2B, BB) doubled twice and joined RF Julio Morban (2×4) and CF Leon Landry (2×4) with two of Jackson’s 9 hits on Thursday, but Jackson was shutout for the 7th time this season to Tennessee 4-0. The Generals dropped the series and lost their fourth straight.
• Starter Victor Sanchez (4.0,8,4,4,1,2) allowed 4 runs on 6 hits in the 3rd inning and suffered his second straight loss. Relievers Trevor Miller (3.2,2,0,0,0,3) and Richard Vargas (1.1,1,0,0,0,0) combined for 5.0 innings scoreless behind Sanchez.
• 3B D.J. Peterson made his Double-A debut and went 1-for-3 with a walk and double on Thursday night.
ODDS AND ENDS:
• 3B Patrick Kivlehan has hit safely in 19 of his last 20 games, batting .421 (32×76) with 13 runs scored, 9 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home run, 20 RBI, 7 walks and 1 stolen base.
• SS Ketel Marte has hit safely in 24 of his last 27 games, batting .303 (33×109) with 16 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 18 RBI, 2 walks and 4 stolen bases.
• C John Hicks is batting .337 (31×92) with 16 runs scored, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 2 home runs, 12 RBI, 8 walks and 4 stolen bases in 23 games. During this stretch, since May 11, he has raised his season average from .224 to .298.
RED HOT JUNE OFFENSIVELY:
• Jackson is 11-11 in June with a .296 AVG which ranks 2nd in the league and seven Generals are batting over .300 this month.
Player G AVG/HR/RBI
Patrick Kivlehan 22 .395/2/21
Leon Landry 19 .362/0/5
Kevin Rivers 14 .360/0/4
Jack Marder 19 .353/2/9
John Hicks 13 .326/0/3
Jamal Austin 16 .317/0/5
Julio Morban 8 .300/0/1
ROSTER NOW FEATURES SEVEN TOP-30 PROSPECTS:
• The current Jackson roster features seven of Seattle’s Top-30 prospects, according to Baseball America.
Pos Player Rank
INF D.J. Peterson 2nd
RHP Victor Sanchez 7th
OF Julio Morban 11th
INF Patrick Kivlehan 12th
LHP Tyler Pike 16th
INF Ketel Marte 20th
C John Hicks 23rd
MARINERS NO. 2 PROSPECT D.J. PETERSON ADDED:
• D.J. Peterson, the No. 2 prospect for the Mariners, according to Baseball America and was Seattle’s 12th overall selection in the 2013 draft out of New Mexico. He made his Double-A debut on Thursday going 1-for-3 with a double and walk.
• Peterson, in 65 games with the Mavericks hit .326 (89×273) with 51 runs scrored, 23 doubles, 1 triple, 18 home runs, 73 RBI, 23 walks and 6 stolen bases. At the time of his promotion, he ranked among the California League leaders in nearly every offensive category, including slugging percentage (1st/.615), total bases (1st/168), RBI (1st/71), extra-base hits (T1st/42), home runs (2nd/18), doubles (3rd/23), hits (T5th/89) and average (6th/.326).
Mariners 1st round picks to play for Jackson:
Drafted Player Year(s) in JXN Games
2006 (5th) RHP Brandon Morrow 2008 6
2007 (11th) RHP Phillippe Aumont 2009 15
2008 (20th) RHP Josh Fields 2009-2011 72
2009 (2nd) INF Dustin Ackley 2010 82
2010 (43rd) RHP Taijuan Walker 2012-2014 40
2011 (2nd) LHP Danny Hultzen 2012 13
2012 (3rd) C Mike Zunino 2012 15
2013 (12th) INF D.J. Peterson 2014 0
• On Tuesday, Peterson was named to the U.S. Team for the upcoming 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Peterson will be joined at the All-Star Futures Game by High Desert outfielder Gabby Guerrero, another one of the Mariners top young prospects. Guerrero will play on the World Team at the July 13 game at Target Field in Minneapolis as part of the All-Star Week festivities.