GreenJackets Earn Split With Rain-Shortened WinMay 8, 2012 - South Atlantic League (SAL) Augusta GreenJackets
The GreenJackets got on the board in the first on a Jose Cuevas RBI double that scored Kelby Tomlinson, who walked to open the game, to put the GreenJackets up 1-0. Ben Thomas's sacrifice fly scored Tomlinson to put the GreenJackets up 2-0. In the fifth, Augusta added two more on a Shawn Payne run-scoring single and Brett Krill's RBI double that broke his 0-14 streak in the series.
Four runs of support proved to be plenty for Augusta lefty Edwin Escobar, who didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning. Escobar was touched up for three straight hits with one out in the fifth, with the last of those - an RBI single by Cutter Dykstra - putting the Suns on the board and cutting Hagerstown's deficit to 4-1. A groundout moved the baserunners to second and third, but Escobar escaped the inning with no further damage by striking out Jason Martinson to end the fifth.
Escobar (2-1) fired five innings of one-run ball for the GreenJackets, allowing four hits and a pair of walks while striking out four. He's thrown five or more innings now in four of his five starts in 2012.
The GreenJackets added four more runs in the sixth to put things out of reach, batting around and picking up five hits and a walk. Carlos Willoughby doubled home a pair to push Augusta's lead to 6-1. Cuevas drove home his second run of the day on a sacrifice fly later in the inning and Krill singled home a run on his second hit of the day to make it an 8-1 game.
At the seventh inning stretch, the Hagerstown grounds crew came out to apply field-drying agent to the infield dirt, but umpires told them to call off their efforts by calling for a rain delay. Just six minutes into the delay, with field conditions deteriorated after more than 90 minutes of steady rain, the umpires declared the game a final.
Kylin Turnbull (0-2) took the loss for the Suns, firing three innings and allowing two runs on two hits and three walks while striking out one.
The GreenJackets are off on Wednesday before opening an eight-game homestand over seven days with the first of a five-game series against the Greenville Drive on Thursday night. It'll be another Thirsty Thursday, presented by The Library, with dollar soft drinks and draft beers available. Clayton Blackburn (0-2, 5.85) heads to the mound for the GreenJackets against Jamie Garcia (0-1, 4.57) of Greenville. First pitch comes at 7:05 p.m. with radio pregame coverage beginning at 6:50 p.m. on ESPN Radio 1340 AM and online at www.greenjacketsbaseball.com.
Single-game tickets for any GreenJackets home game are currently available by calling the GreenJackets front office at 706-922-WINS and online at www.greenjacketsbaseball.com.
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