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    2004, 2009, 2011, 2013Double-A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs |

    Tennessee Smokies (20-15, 20-15)RHP Ivan Pineyro (0-2, 2.32)

    Jackson Generals (15-20, 15-20)LHP Kyle Hunter (0-1, 2.93)

    Saturday, May 10, 20147:05 p.m. ET

    The Ballpark In Jackson | Jackson, Tenn.Game #36 | Road Game #16

    SERIES AT A GLANCE: The Smokies are back on the road for a ten-game road trip, with their first stop in Jackson to take on the Gener-als, the Double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners...The two teams squared off earlier this season at Smokies Stadium, with Jackson taking three out of five games...INF Kris Bryant in that first series posted a .308 average (4-13) with three runs, two doubles, a homer, two RBI and three walks in those five contests...Generals INF Mickey Wiswall hit .429 (6-14) with two doubles, a homer and two RBI in four games, while OF Ketel Marte batted .357 (5-14) with three runs and two walks in his five contests...Tennessee last season won 16 of 19 meetings, including all but one of the ten matchups in Jackson.

    WELL WHAT HAPPENED WAS: Birmingham avoided a series sweep at the hands of Tennessee at Smokies Stadium last night with a 6-4 victory...The Smokies made things interesting in the ninth, however, narrowing what was a four-run deficit to just two in the ninth, in addition to putting the tying run on base and bringing the winning run to the plate...1B Charlie Cutler (2-4,1 R, 2 RBI) and DH Rubi Silva (2-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI) each recorded two hits and drove in two runs, while C Rafael Lopez (2-4, 2 R) also tallied a multi-hit effort in the loss...The Smokies bullpen was solid again, combining to allow a lone earned run on four hits to keep the club within distance of the Barons...Reliever Austin Kirk fired three shutout frames in support of starter Corey Black (3.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO), who suffered the loss.

    TONIGHTS SMOKIES STARTER: RHP Ivan Pineyro is slated to get the start for the Smokies in tonights series opener in Jackson...The native of the Dominican Republic did not receive a decision in his last outing on May 5 versus Birmingham after allowing five runs (one earned) on six hits in 4.2 innings pitched...In his first start against Jackson this year in Kodak, Pineyro did not factor in the decision on April 18 despite yielding just two hits in 6.2 scoreless frames, punching out eight Barons batters...In two road starts this season, the 22-year-old owns an 0-1 record and 3.72 ERA (4 ER in 9.2 IP), compared to an 0-1 clip and 1.69 ERA (4 ER in 21.1 IP) in four outings at Smokies Stadium...Left-handed hitters have struggled mightily this year facing Pineyro, managing just a .114 average (4-35), while righties have hit .289 (24-83) this season against the Cubs No. 21 prospect according to Baseball America.

    TONIGHTS GENERALS STARTER: Set to oppose Pineyro this evening for the Generals in game one is LHP Kyle Hunter...The southpaw suffered the defeat in his last start on May 5 at Huntsville after giving up two earned runs on five hits in 3.1 innings of relief...The leftys lone start of the year came on April 17 at Tennessee, when he did not factor in the decision after going two scoreless innings in the second game of a doubleheader...In six relief outings this year, Hunter has posted an 0-1 record and 3.38 ERA (5 ER in 13.1 IP)...In five appearances (one start) in the month of April, the 24-year-old compiled no record and a 2.70 ERA (3 ER in 10.0 IP)...Right-handed batters have fared well against Hunter, hitting for a .326 clip (14-43), compared to a .211 mark (4-19) for left-handed hitters...In six outings (one start) versus Tennessee last season, the southpaw accumulated a 1-0 record and 0.77 ERA (1 ER in 11.2 IP).

    BRING ON THE SOUTHPAWS: Tennessee this season has recorded a 6-2 record this year when facing a left-handed starter, compared to a 14-13 mark versus right-handed starting pitchers...OF John Andreoli has hit .370 (10-27) with two doubles, three RBI, seven walks and a .500 on-base percentage when facing southpaws, while INF Kris Bryant has posted a .346 clip (9-26) with a double, two homers, two RBI and six walks...The Smokies themselves have not started a left-handed pitcher this season.

    ANDREOLI STILL GOING STRONG: OF John Andreoli reached base with a walk in his first plate appearance to extend his on-base streak to a 2014 Southern League-best 28 games...The streak is also the circuits longest since former Missisippi C Christian Bethancourts 40-game streak between June 13 through August 26, 2013...During his streak, which began on April 6, Andreoli has hit .313 (30-96) with 26 runs, four doubles, two triples, seven RBI, 21 walks and a .442 on-base percentage...In that stretch, Andreoli ranks first in the league in runs scored, second in stolen bases (16) and on-base percentage (.442) and tied for fourth in walks...The outfielder has also reached in all but one of his 33 games played this season, which was on April 5 at Pensacola.

    HIP HIP, JORGE!: In his first two games back from the Disabled List, OF Jorge Soler has collected hits in three of his six at bats, and has also collected two runs, two doubles, two RBI and two walks...The 22-year-old recorded a double in his first Double-A at bat on Opening Night in Pensacola on April 3, but was removed from the contest and placed on the Disabled List the next day before returning on May 8...Baseball Americas No. 41 overall prospect has hit .571 (4-7) this season with two runs, three doubles, two RBI and two walks.

    BRUNOS STREAK SNAPPED: INF Stephen Bruno saw his seven-game hit streak snapped with his 0-for-4 outing last night...Prior to Friday evening, Bruno had hit .542 (13-24) in the month of May, adding ten runs, nine doubles, eight RBI, four walks and a .621 on-base percentage...Brunos nine doubles this month are still best in the Minor Leagues, while the infielders 11 doubles this season rank him first in the Southern League ahead of three players with ten, including Smokies C Rafael Lopez.

    ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Tennessee in 15 road contests has combined to hit for a .244 clip (126-516) with nine homers and 75 runs scored this season...In 14 road games, OF John Andreoli has recorded a .354 average (17-48), adding 14 runs, a double, two triples, three RBI, ten walks, eight steals and a .475 on-base percentage...The club is also averaging 5.0 runs per game on the road compared to 4.25 at home, and 8.4 hits per away contest, in comparison to 7.8 at Smokies Stadium...The team has also won seven of their last ten tilts away from Kodak after falling in four of their first five.

    RIDICULOUS RELIEVERS: In their last 12 games, Smokies relievers have combined to accumulate a 1.49 ERA (10 ER in 60.1 IP), which came after allowing 12 runs in 2.2 frames to the Huntsville Stars on April 25...The bullpen combined at one point to set down 21 consecu-tive batters, including 37 of 41...The Smokies have also converted each of their last seven save opportunities...Armando Rivero and Hunter Cervenka rank first and second respectively among the leagues relievers in lowest batting average against, whiel Riveros 13.75 strikeout per nine inning ratio is also tops in that company...Cervenka in addition has allowed the second-fewest baserunners per nine innings (7.36) in that company.

    LEAGUE LEADERS: INF Kris Bryant coming into tonight paces the Southern League in homers (nine), runs scored (28), extra-base hits (18), total bases (75) and slugging percentage (.610), in addition to ranking second in hits (39), third in batting average (.317) and tied for fourth in on-base percentage (.425)...OF John Andreolis 17 steals place him second in the league, one behind Huntsville INF Josh Princes 18, while his 26 runs are two behind Bryant for first...C Rafael Lopez ranks tied for second in doubles (ten) and third in on-base percentage (.426)...Closer Armando Riveros seven saves are tied for second in the circuit behind Mississippis Shae Simmons (eight)...Starter Matt Loosens 9.00 strikeout per nine inning ratio ranks tied for first in the league, while RHP Corey Blacks .156 batting average against is tied for second-best in the Southern League.

    2014 SMOKIES AT A GLANCERegular Season Record 20-15First Half Record 20-15Second Half Record 0-0Home Record 12-8Away Record 8-7

    Place (SOU North) 2ndGames Ahead/Behind - 3.0

    2014 Home Attendance 63,737Home Dates (Lost) 19 (1)Nightly Average Attendance 3,355Southern League Rank Seventh


    Team W-L GB Team W-L GBHVL 23-12 - MOB 19-15 -TNS 20-15 3.0 MTG 19-15 -JXN 15-20 8.0 MIS 17-17 2.0CHA 14-20 8.5 JAX 16-18 3.0BIR 13-21 9.5 PNS 16-19 3.5



    UPCOMING PROBABLES (ALL TIMES ET)Sunday, May 11 at JXN 7:05 PM RHP Matt Loosen (2-2, 3.90) vs. RHP Jochi Ogando (0-3, 5.54)Monday, May 12 at JXN 8:05 PM RHP Dae-Eun Rhee (2-1, 3.25) vs. RHP Trevor Miller (1-4, 4.58)Tuesday, May 13 at JXN 8:05 PM RHP Pierce Johnson (1-1, 4.05) vs. LHP Cam Hobson (3-2, 2.16)Wednesday, May 14 at JXN 12:05 PM RHP Corey Black (2-3, 4.06) vs. LHP Tyler Olson (0-1, 5.73)

    SMOKIES GENERALS.246 (5th) Batting Avg .224 (9th)160 (2nd) Runs 116 (10th)282 (3rd) Hits 259 (9th)59 (T-3rd) Doubles 55 (T-6th)6 (T-8th) Triples 4 (10th)25 (T-2nd) Home Runs 15 (10th)146 (1st) RBI 107 (10th)428 (3rd) Total Bases 367 (10th)134 (2nd) Walks 113 (7th)288 (1st) Strikeouts 230 (9th)37 (2nd) Stolen Bases 32 (3rd).335 (3rd) On-Base % .301 (9th).373 (3rd) Slugging % .317 (10th)

    3.44 (5th) ERA 3.35 (3rd)306.0 (4th) Innings Pitched 314.2 (1st)11 (T-2nd) Saves 6 (9th)244 (9th) Hits Allowed 271 (5th)158 (1st) Walks 105 (6th)282 (1st) Strikeouts 243 (7th)1.31 (T-4th) WHIP 1.19 (2nd)18 (T-5th) Hit Batters 24 (T-2nd)