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August 23, 2007 - South Atlantic League (SAL) Augusta GreenJackets

Augusta GreenJackets (50-20, 34-25) South Atlantic League Affiliate of the San Francisco Giants vs. Greenville Drive (29-40, 25-32) South Atlantic League Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox

Game No. 130 - Road Game No. 65 --- West End Field --- Thursday, August 23, 2007 --- 7:05 p.m.

PREVIOUS GAME RECAP: The GreenJackets (50-20, 34-25) won their third straight game on the road with a 6-2 win over the Greenville Drive (29-40, 25-32) on Wednesday night. Starter Kevin Pucetas recorded his 15th win of the season and Augusta used a five run second inning to cruise past the Drive. The one run Pucetas allowed came in the third inning with Augusta already leading 5-0. Reid Engel connected for an RBI single scoring Kris Negron. The GreenJackets did all of their damage in the second inning and the frame began with the first eight batters reaching base as Augusta plated five runs on three hits and were helped out by two errors.

STARTING IT OFF: Kevin Pucetas worked six innings and allowed one run on seven hits while walking two and striking out five. Pucetas became the third pitcher in the SAL to 15 wins and the seventh in all of Minor League Baseball.

RBI LEADER: Brett Pill reclaimed the RBI lead on the team with a solo homer to left field in the second inning. It was Pill's 80th RBI of the season and eighth home run of the season. Pill is all alone at second in the Giants organization with 80 RBIs this season.

BATTING AROUND: Augusta sent 10 batters to the plate in its five run second inning. This season the GreenJackets have put pressure on the competition early in a game by plating 159 runs over the first two innings. Augusta's opponents have scored 98 times in the first two innings.

OUT HIT: Augusta was out hit for the second consecutive night, 10-7. It was the 16th time this year Augusta was out hit in a game and still won the game.

LOOKING FOR THE SWEEP: The GreenJackets have swept the Drive twice this season and looks to do it a third time. Augusta has yet to sweep a team three times this season, a stat not accomplished in the 2006 campaign either. Augusta has recorded a total of 10 sweeps this season.

ROAD WARRIORS: Augusta improved to 34-26 overall on the road with last night's win and guaranteed them a winning road trip. Augusta has had only three losing road trips this season out of 13 played.

HIGH WATER MARK: Augusta has equaled its high water mark for the season at 39 games over the .500 mark.

CHASE FOR 92: In the 2006 season, Augusta was 82-45 after August 22 on its way to a 92-47 finish. This year the GreenJackets are 83-45. In 2006 Augusta won 12-of-14 to finish the regular season with 92 wins.

PLAYOFF BOUND: Augusta clinched the Southern Division First-Half Title on June 12 assuring themselves a spot in the post season come September.

Tonight's Probables

AUG: LHP Clayton Tanner (12-7, 2.98) vs. GRE: RHP Joseph Guerra (1-0, 3.77)

WHAT'S ON TAP: Lefty Clayton Tanner heads to the hill tonight looking for his second consecutive win and a sweep of the Drive. Tanner last won back-to-back starts on June 12 and 17, his final two starts before the All-Star break. The southpaw is coming off one of his better outings this year tossing seven shutout innings at Charleston and in 14 games on the road this season, Tanner is 7-3 with a 2.77 ERA. Tanner is making his fourth appearance against Greenville and the lefty is 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA over 12.1 innings pitched.

Right-hander Joseph Guerra heads to the hill tonight for Greenville looking to snap the Drives seven game losing skid. Guerra spent the majority of the season with Short-Season Lowell pitching in 10 games and starting seven. Guerra was 1-3 with a 5.48 ERA at Lowell. Guerra is making his third start and appearance of the season for Greenville and the righty is 1-0 with a 3.77 ERA. Guerra's one win came at the home park and it was his first start, coming on May 31 against Hickory. This is his first time out against Augusta.

Augusta vs Greenville

The GreenJackets and the Drive resume their season series with three games in Greenville, SC. The last time the two teams met Augusta swept Greenville in a three game series at Lake Olmstead Stadium. In 14 meetings this season, Augusta has lost just four times to the Drive and has outscored the Drive 76-50. The GreenJackets face the Drive the most this season with the two teams meeting 21 times. The two teams will play seven more times before the season is over with two more meetings coming at Lake Olmstead to finish up the GreenJackets final regular season home stand.

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