Greenville Squeaks Away with 4-3 Win
GREENVILLE, SC: The Augusta GreenJackets (71-61, 35-29) dropped the 2nd game of the series to the Greenville Drive (56-77, 24-39) by a final score of 4-3 on Tuesday night. The Jackets were unable to capitalize on five shutout innings on the hill from Seth Corry.
Corry took the mound after he was named SAL Pitcher of the Year earlier in the day, and he did not disappoint. In the 4th inning, his strikeout facing Brandon Howlett was the 4th of the game, but his 165th of the season, and he passed Madison Bumgarner on the All-Time GreenJackets strikeouts list. He is now just four strikeouts away from passing Elvin Hernandez and becoming the GreenJackets All-Time leader in strikeouts.
In the 5th inning, the Jackets scored the game's first run. A sacrifice fly for Anyesber Sivira gave Augusta the slight 1-0 lead. Corry finished his night after five-innings, and he did not allow a run, while he finished with seven strikeouts.
Greenville got on the board in the 6th inning. A two-RBI double for Kervin Suarez gave the Drive a 2-1 lead. Later in the inning, it was Jonathan Ortega with an RBI single to give Greenville a 3-1 advantage.
They added to their lead in the 7th inning. Another RBI for Suarez put the Drive in front at 4-1. The Jackets would not go quietly though. In the 8th inning, Mikey Edie doubled to drive in a run, then it was a Logan Wyatt sacrifice fly to make it 4-3.
Oddanier Mosqueda came into the game for the save, and he worked a scoreless 9th to get Greenville the 4-3 victory.
Player of the Game: Mikey Edie, 2-4, RBI
Mikey Edie has been huge for the Jackets since Ismael Munguia went on the Injured List. It was a multi-hit night for Edie, and he had an RBI to keep Augusta close.
Tomorrow's Game: 7:05 PM @ Greenville Drive (Boston Red Sox), Fluor Field, Greenville, South Carolina
Pitching Matchup: (GVL) RHP Alex Scherff (5-11, 4.92 ERA) vs (AUG) RHP Trenton Toplikar (4-2, 3.09 ERA)
Trenton Toplikar will look to build off of his last start when he went 6.1 innings against the Lexington Legends and he allowed only one-run while striking-out four. Toplikar has been great for the GreenJackets since joining the team on July 12th in Asheville. It will be Toplikar's 9th start since joining the team, and he has gone less than five-innings just three times. Toplikar started 2019 with the Class-A Advanced San Jose Giants, and while there, he went 3-1 with a 3.98 ERA in 54.1 innings. Toplikar for the season is holding opponents to a .218 batting average between Augusta and San Jose. He was a 16th round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft from UC Riverside.
The Greenville Drive will have their 21-year old right-hander take the hill on Wednesday. Scherff will make his 26th start of the season, and he last faced the GreenJackets on August 12th. In that outing, he went four-innings and he allowed just one-run despite walking three. His last two starts have been some of his best of the season. He has gone seven-innings in each outing, and has allowed a total of five runs. He surrendered just one-run in his last performance vs the Asheville Tourists on August 23rd. Scherff was a 5th round selection by the Boston Red Sox in the 2017 MLB Draft from Prestonwood Christian High School in Plano, Texas.
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