struggling to produce runs in the last four games, the GreenJackets' offense
came through Thursday night in Savannah. Augusta (47-40) used 13 hits to defeat
Savannah (52-37) 9-1 at Historic Grayson Stadium.
GreenJackets took a huge lead against the Sand Gnats early Thursday night.
Augusta scored seven runs on six hits and an error in the second inning,
causing Savannah's starter Matt Koch to be pulled after just 1.2 innings of
second inning started when designated hitter Shayne Houck was hit by a pitch.
Chuckie Jones then singled on a line drive to right field moving Houck to
third, and Eric Sim drove Houck in with a single to right field.
baseman Joey Rapp scored the next run with the GreenJackets' third-straight
single of the inning, which brought in Jones.
fielder Rafael Rodriguez reached base next thanks to a throwing error by
Savannah's Cole Frenzel. Second baseman Trevor Brown then cleared the bases
with a single to left field.
the GreenJackets continued to get runners on base. Matt Duffy was next after he
was hit by a pitch. Then Houck came up to bat for the second time that inning
and used a two-run double to give the GreenJackets a 7-0 lead against the Sand
lone run of the game came in the third inning. Sand Gnats' Jeff Glenn led off
the inning with a walk and then scored on a double by Maikis De La Cruz.
GreenJackets continued to add to their lead in the fourth.
baseman Mitch Delfino came up to bat with bases loaded and no outs in the top
of the fourth. Delfino grounded out to shortstop, but advanced the runners,
scoring center fielder Jesus Galindo. Houck then hit a sacrifice fly to center
field to score Brown, making it 9-1 GreenJackets.
the GreenJackets were having one of their best offensive nights, starter Joan
Gregorio (5-2) was dominating on the mound. Gregorio finished the night with
four hits, one run, two walks and nine strikeouts in six innings of work.
Okert relieved Gregorio in the seventh and went on to earn his first save of
the season. Okert finished the night with one hit, no runs and two strikeouts
in three innings.
The GreenJackets 9-1 victory on Thursday helped
them avoid the sweep and improve their second-half record to 9-9, putting them
just 1.5 games behind the Lexington Legends. The GreenJackets will head to
Charleston to face the RiverDogs for a four-game series before returning home
on Wednesday, July 17.