The Jackson Five

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The Generals have been playing pretty well as of late if you haven’t noticed. Jackson has won five in a row for the second time this season and has won 10 of 12 overall. Thanks to Jackson’s recent hot streak, the Generals currently lead the Southern League North Division by 7.5 games, its largest lead of the season. At 32-18, Jackson is also two games ahead of Pensacola (30-20) for the best record in the league.

Over the five-game win streak, all five wins have come against the Montgomery Biscuits (24-25) on the road. The Biscuits are 7.5 games back of the Generals in the division and are currently in second in the North despite being a game under .500. Over those five games and wins in Alabama, Jackson outscored Montgomery 35-13 and hit .301 (50-for-166). Additionally, the pitching staff had an ERA of just 1.76 over those five games. Pretty good, huh?

The Generals as a team have been on fire, but a handful of players are doing better than the rest. Tyler O’Neill and Ryan Yarbrough were named the Southern League Player and Pitcher of the Week respectively today for the week of May 23rd to May 29th. O’Neill played in all seven games over that span and hit .333 with a homer and 11 RBI. The slugger has recorded an RBI in seven straight games. Yarbrough meanwhile made two starts over the past week and went 2-0. The lefty gave up two runs, but only one earned on nine hits over 13.0 IP while walking two and striking out 13.

Two other players also stand out as being a little more on fire than the rest. D.J. Peterson is on a season-high 10-game hit streak. The first baseman is hitting .359 (14-for-39) over that span with three homers, six RBI, and three doubles. Benji Gonzalez meanwhile has reached base in 15 straight games and is hitting .345 (19-for-55) with four RBI, four doubles, and a pair of triples over that span. Both streaks are the fifth longest for the Generals this season.

Going back to the Player of the Week awards, I spoke with Tyler O’Neill today about the honor. The 20-year-old and I also talked about his age, playing the Tennessee Smokies for the first time in 2016, and how the Generals can clinch the Southern League North Division First Half title sooner rather than later.

Also this week, Brandon received an honor of his own. He was on the critically acclaimed Cespedes Family BBQ Barbecast. They talked about the Generals season thus far, the life of a minor league broadcaster, and much more. You can listen to the entire interview right here.

Jackson and Tennessee open a five-game series at Smokies Park in Kodak today at 6:05 pm CT/7:05 pm ET. You can join Brandon and I on MiLB.TV, the TJ Network, or on TuneIn! All five games start at 6:05 pm CT/7:05 pm ET with pregame starting at 5:50 pm CT/6:50 pm ET.

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