GreenJackets lose 8-1 to Sand Gnats

For
the third-straight game, the Augusta GreenJackets struggled to put runs on the
board. After dropping 4-1 to the Charleston RiverDogs on Thursday night and 2-0
on Friday in Augusta, the GreenJackets (46-39) scored just one run during their
8-1 loss to the Savannah Sand Gnats (51-36) Tuesday at Historic Grayson
Stadium.

The
GreenJackets lone run of the game came in the top of the eight. Second baseman
Trevor Brown led off the inning with a double to left field and then advanced
to second when shortstop Matt Duffy hit a single through the left side. Brown
finally plated a run for Augusta when catcher Ben Turner hit into a double
play.

While
the GreenJackets only scored one run, they had plenty of opportunities to cut
the Sand Gnats' lead. In the seventh and the eighth inning, Augusta loaded the
bases with two outs only to strand all three runners both times. The
GreenJackets left a total of 10 runners on base.

Augusta
even showed signs of trouble on the mound Tuesday night. Joe Biagini (6-3) got
the start on the mound for the GreenJackets. But after the first inning,
Biagini had already thrown 30 pitches while giving up two hits and three runs.

Biagini
finished the night with eight hits, five runs, three walks and three strikeouts
in his four innings of work to bring his ERA up to 4.46.

Relieving
Biagini in the fifth was Justin Schumer. Schumer, who was scheduled to be the
GreenJackets starter for Wednesday's contest, made his fifth relief appearance
of the season. The right-hander finished the night with three hits, one run,
one walk and two strikeouts in two innings of work.

Ian
Gardeck entered the game in the seventh where he pitched a scoreless, hitless
inning while striking out two batters. Then closer Tyler Mizenko relieved Gardeck
in the eighth inning. Mizenko who had only given up three runs prior to
Tuesday, allowed two hits and two runs in his single inning of work. Still,
Mizenko struck out two batters and has an impressive 1.25 ERA.

The
GreenJackets are now 8-7 in the second half of the season. They sit in third
place behind the Lexington Legends and the Greenville Drive and are 2.5 games
out of first.

Augusta
will continue its three-game series against Savannah tomorrow at 7:05 p.m.
Right-hander Kendry Flores is expected to get the start for the GreenJackets
while Marcos Camarena will take the mound for the Sand Gnats.

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