Legends Swept By GreenJackets
The final eight innings of Monday's game looked like a classic pitcher's duel between Lexington and Augusta, but the GreenJackets scored five runs in the first inning to put the game out of reach early. All six runs in the game were scored in the first inning as the two teams combined for just eight more hits after the first frame.
Lexington jumped out to an early lead with a single run in the first, but that lead would be short lived. Christopher Jackson doubled to lead off the game in his first appearance as the Legends' lead-off hitter. Jackson moved to third on a groundout from Eric Taylor and later scored on a groundout from Craig Corrado.
Augusta wasted no time getting the ball rolling against Lexington starting pitcher Jake Leonhardt. Shane Jordan, Nick Noonan and Juan Ciriaco each singled to start the game and score first Augusta run. Thomas Neal then reached on catcher's interference from Lexington's new catcher Julian Henson to load the bases. Dayton Buller doubled to right to bring home two more runs and put runners at second and third with no outs for Angel Villalona. Villalona then lined a single to center to score the final two runs of the inning.
Leonhardt finally recorded the first out in the inning when Garrett Baker struck out following Villalona's single. The right-handed pitcher would surrender one more single in the frame, but he retired the final two batters without allowing another run to cross the plate.
The Augusta pitching staff was lights out after the first inning, only surrendering one more hit to Lexington in the game. Craig Clark allowed one run in six innings while striking out six and walking one to earn his seventh win of the year for Augusta. Andrew De La Garza and Ryan Paul pitched three perfect innings to close out the game.
Leonhardt took the loss for Lexington despite settling down after the first inning. He surrendered four earned runs in four and two-thirds innings while striking out five and walking two in the game. His 13 losses lead the South Atlantic League.
NOTES: Augusta finished the year with eight wins in eight games against Lexington, outscoring the Legends 63-17 this season...Juan Ciriaco finished the series 9-16 with seven runs scored and six RBI...Chris Jackson had both of Lexington's hits in the game...Angel Villalona was 3-4 with a double and two RBI in the game.
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