Championship Gameday: September 10 at Biloxi
Jackson Generals (78-57, North Division Series Champ)
vs. Biloxi Shuckers (82-57, South Division Series Champ)
Tuesday, September 10 | 6:35 pm CT
League Championship Series, Gm. 1 (Best of 5)
Generals SP: RHP Jeff Bain (0-0, 3.60 ERA)
Opponent SP: RHP Alec Bettinger (5-7, 3.44 ERA)
SERIES PRIMER: For the second year in a row, the Generals and Shuckers will square off with the Southern League title on the line. Jackson won last year's series, 3-1, by winning three straight games after being shut out in the opener. Two of Jackson's wins came on the road in that series (in games 3 and 4). The Generals and Shuckers played ten times in the 2019 regular season, with Jackson winning 7 of 10 meetings, including three on the road in July and four at home in June. Jackson won the North Division Series over Montgomery, three games to one, earning an extra day of rest before the SLCS. Biloxi won the South Division Series over Pensacola, three games to two, with help from a five-run outburst in the eighth inning of a Game 5 win, 8-4.
LAST GAME: Montgomery, Ala. - The Jackson Generals, the Double-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks, booked a return trip to the Southern League Championship Series on Saturday night, taking down the Montgomery Biscuits, 6-5, at Riverwalk Stadium. The win gave Jackson (3-1) the North Division Series over Montgomery (1-3) for the second time in as many postseasons, setting up the Generals to host Game 3, Game 4, and Game 5 of the SLCS against Biloxi (3-2) starting Friday, September 13 at The Ballpark at Jackson at 6:05 p.m. CT. Full Recap: JacksonGeneralsBaseball.com
TODAY'S MATCHUP: After not appearing in the North Division Series, Jeff Bain gets the ball to begin the final lap in Jackson's chase toward their second consecutive title. Bain led the California League in strikeouts at the time of his August call-up (152 in 120 2/3 IP), and in his last two outings with Jackson, he's tossed nine innings while allowing two earned runs. He hasn't pitched since August 26 against Pensacola, and he's never faced Biloxi. Alec Bettinger, Biloxi's Game 1 starter, is a former University of Virginia teammate of Pavin Smith. Bettinger posted 157 strikeouts in 146 1/3 innings in the Southern League this year, ranking among the circuit's best arms. He posted a 5.06 ERA in two losses to the Generals in 2019, conceding three homers in 10 2/3 innings.
PLAYOFF PERFORMERS: Third baseman Drew Ellis finished the four-game North Division Series with team-highs in total bases (19), hits (7), and RBI (7), going 2-for-5 in the series-clinching Game 4. Ellis leads the league with a whopping 1.659 OPS over 16 at-bats. On the hill, Jackson's Kevin McCanna appeared twice without allowing a run, a hit, or a walk to any of the eight men he faced. West Tunnell pitched on back-to-back days, closing out Game 3 and Game 4 wins for Jackson on 15 pitches and 26 pitches. Starters Bo Takahashi and Matt Peacock combined to throw 13 innings with just one run allowed and a 1.00 WHIP.
SHUCK IT UP: On Jackson's SLCS roster, seven pitchers have an ERA of 3.00 or below in multiple innings of work against Biloxi, led by the scoreless marks of Matt Brill (3.0 IP), Miguel Aguilar (2.0 IP), and Emilio Vargas (5.0). Matt Peacock (11.0 IP, 0.82 ERA) has been the Generals' best starter against Biloxi; Cole Stapler (7.0 IP, 1.29 ERA), Kevin McCanna (6.0 IP, 1.50 ERA), and Bo Takahashi (6.0 IP, 3.00 ERA) have also stood tall on the rubber against the Shuckers. On offense, the best results when battling Biloxi have come from Pavin Smith (11-32, .344 BA), Drew Ellis (9-35, .257), Ramon Hernandez (6-24, .250) and Ben DeLuzio (4-16, .250). Four of Ellis' 9 hits against Biloxi have left the yard.
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Tickets for Tuesday, September 17th's Willie Nelson/Alison Krauss concert at The Ballpark at Jackson are on sale now by phone, in person, and on our website at JacksonGeneralsBaseball.com. Don't miss seeing these 2 stars!
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ALL-STAR 2020: On July 29, the Jackson Generals announced that they would play host to the 2020 Southern League All-Star Game at The Ballpark at Jackson, their first All-Star Game since 2011. Manager Blake Lalli was a participant in that 2011 game, which the North Division won 6-3. (CLICK: 2020 SL ASG release)
ALL THE KIDS ARE DOING IT: The Junior Generals Kids Club has been completely revamped this year, with over 300 participants already signed up! New achievement levels are in place, with rewards given to the most loyal fans. Get the most out of your child's time at The Ballpark - sign them up today!
Kids Club Link
|GENERALS TICKETS SUMMARY|
General Admission (GA): $6 in advance, $8 on game day
Reserved Seating: $10 in advance, $12 on game day
Group Picnics: $7/person (plus food) for 15+ people; $6/person for 100+
Suites/Party Decks: Please call the front office for pricing & availability.
Belly Buster Monday Nights:
$16 bottomless popcorn, hot dogs, burgers, ice cream, soda & nachos
$1 Dollar Thursday Nights:
$1 tickets, hot dogs, popcorn, and soda; $1 beer for age 21+
Generals partner with a local non-profit for in-game promotion; call us for details!
The 2020 Southern League All-Star Game is coming to Jackson! Ask about 2020 season tickets and ASG packages today:
Dial 731.988.5299 or log on to JacksonGeneralsBaseball.com!
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