Offensive Showdown Ends in GreenJackets Favor
Asheville, NC: The Augusta GreenJackets (28-29), won the series opener at McCormick Field on Monday night over the Asheville Tourists (24-33) by a final score of 9-8. The GreenJackets finished with 15-hits, tied for the most they've had in a game this year, and it was Jesus Tona's 8th save of the season that capped off the win.
With the victory, the GreenJackets remain just three games back of 1st place Charleston in the South Atlantic League South, 1st Half standings.
After the GreenJackets failed to score the 1st run of the game the previous four days, in the 1st inning, Augusta came out swinging. It was two runs, on four hits for the Jackets, as Frankie Tostado and Diego Rincones ripped back-to-back RBI singles to give the GreenJackets a 2-0 lead.
In the home-half of the 1st inning, against GreenJackets starter Keith Weisenberg, Terrin Vavra was on 3rd base, and an RBI groundout off the bat of Niko Decolati made it just a one-run lead for the GreenJackets after the first frame.
The 1st inning would be the start of a massive night on offense from both teams on Monday. In the 4th inning, the Jackets scored four runs. Dalton Combs had an RBI single followed later in the inning by an RBI double for Nico Giarratano. It was an Anyesber Sivira sacrifice fly to make it 5-1, and then Ismael Munguia singled to give Augusta a 6-1 lead.
Asheville got a big two-out hit off the bat of Daniel Montano. His triple scored two runs in the 4th inning and the GreenJackets lead was just 6-3. The GreenJackets extended the lead when they scored a run in the 5th on another Combs RBI single.
Keith Weisenberg finishes his night after four innings, and he allows three runs on the mound for Augusta.
With the lead at 7-3 for the Jackets, Asheville scored three in the 5th inning. Coco Montes had an RBI single, and it was a two-RBI double for Coco Montes to make the score just 7-5 GreenJackets.
Matt Seelinger went only 2/3 of an inning for the Jackets and allowed three runs, but only one was earned out of the Augusta bullpen.
The GreenJackets bats continued to hit. In the 6th inning, it was two more runs for Augusta. A Frankie Tostado fielders choice gave him his 2nd RBI of the game to make the score 8-6, then it was a Diego Rincones RBI single, and the GreenJackets had a 9-6 advantage. Rincones ends his night with three hits, and two RBI's.
Just like they did all night long, Asheville had an answer. A two-RBI knock for Decolati, and the lead was back to one-run at just 9-8 for the GreenJackets.
Nobody would score the rest of the way. Jesus Tona came into the game in the 8th inning, and he collected a six-out save to seal the win for the Jackets. It was Tona's 8th save of 2019.
Player of the Game: Ismael Munguia, 4-4, RBI
In Munguia's 1st four-hit game of the season, the left-handed bat helped the GreenJackets finish with 15 hits. It was Munguia's 15th multi-hit game of 2019.
Tomorrow's Game: 7:05 PM @ Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies), McCormick Field, Asheville, North Carolina
Pitching Matchup: (ASH) RHP Shelby Lackey (1-6, 5.92 ERA) vs (AUG) RHP Adam Oller (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Adam Oller will make his 2nd start of the season for the GreenJackets, after his 1st outing was cut short. On May 30th in Columbia, Oller finished off a scoreless first inning, but a line drive in the 2nd inning pelted Oller on the arm, and he had to exit the game. He was signed by the Giants on a minor league contract less than two weeks ago, after he was released by the Pittsburgh Pirates at the end of the 2018 campaign. Oller was a 20th round selection by Pittsburgh in 2016 out of Northwestern State. He has a career ERA of 4.45 over 174.0 innings.
On the mound for Asheville will be Shelby Lackey. He was an 18th round pick out of the University of the Pacific in 2018 by the Rockies. Lackey faced the GreenJackets back on April 6th. He went just four innings and allowed three runs in that start. Last season, in the Class-A Short Season Northwest League, Lackey posted a 1.60 ERA over 33.3 innings on the mound. He has 64 strikeouts to only 12 walks so far in 2019.
Next Homestand: June 6th-June 9th vs the Kannapolis Intimidators
The GreenJackets return home to SRP Park to host the Kannapolis Intimidators June 6th - June 9th. It's going to be a weekend of fun featuring Thirsty Thursday presented by Garden City Social & Mr. Tattoo with a special Appearance by Kevin Kisner! The first 750 fans will receive a Golf Towel courtesy of Cintas and it's Tribute to Teachers Night. Friday it's First Responders Night, the first 1,000 fans will receive a one-of-a-kind set of plaid sunglasses courtesy of Best Office Solutions and Kids Run the Bases. Saturday SRP Park transforms to Margaritaville with a pre-game concert, Anthony and London Thuan State Farm Saturday, Kids Run the Bases and Post-game Fireworks presented by Helm Electric. The fun wraps up on Sunday with the ever popular Princess and Pirates Junior Jackets Sunday! All kids 12 and under get in for FREE, Path 2 College Sunday Funday with pre-game Catch on the Field and Post-game Kids Run the Bases. Get your tickets today to Catch the Buzz: https://www.milb.com/augusta/tickets/single-game-tickets
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