Rome Plays Spoiler as Jackets Fall 3-2
NORTH AUGUSTA, SOUTH CAROLINA: After the GreenJackets (35-32) won in walk off fashion on Friday, the Rome Braves (30-38) came back and won by a final of 3-2 on Saturday. The loss, combined with a Lexington win, puts the Legends in the driver's seat to win the 1st half title tomorrow. The Jackets will need a win tomorrow, along with a Lexington loss to secure the 1st half title.
In the 1st inning, Rome got right to work at the plate. Henry Quintero singled to drive in a run, and it was 1-0 Rome after the 1st inning. In the 2nd, Rome tacked on another run. GreenJackets starter Adam Oller allowed another run in the 2nd inning. This time, a groundout off the bat of Jeremy Fernandez produced a run and it made the score 2-0 Rome.
The GreenJackets would fight back in the 3rd inning. With the bases loaded, Jacob Gonzalez hit a groundball to Rome's shortstop Ariel Montesino. He couldn't handle it, and the error scored two runs to tie the game at two.
Rome responded in the 4th inning on an infield hit from Greg Cullen and it lifted Rome to a 3-2 advantage. Alan Rangel stymied the GreenJackets bats all night. He finished after six innings, and he allowed just two runs, but they were unearned.
The Augusta offense could never break through, and they fell 3-2 on Saturday evening.
Tomorrow's Game: 2:05 PM vs Rome Braves (Atlanta Braves), SRP Park, North Augusta, South Carolina
Pitching Matchup: (ROM) LHP Gabriel Noguera (2-4, 3.73 ERA) vs (AUG) RHP Keaton Winn (3-4, 3.90 ERA)
Keaton Winn will take the mound for the GreenJackets in the series finale with the Rome Braves. Winn's last start was arguably, his best of the season. The right-hander went six innings of shutout baseball while allowing only three hits along the way. Winn has had success because of his ability to command the strike zone. This season, he has walked only nine and has 44 strikeouts. The right-hander was a 5th round selection out of Iowa Western Community College in 2018 by the San Francisco Giants.
Gabriel Noguera makes his 2nd start of the year against the Jackets. When he started on May 24th at SRP Park, the southpaw tossed five innings of scoreless baseball. The 23-year old was signed out of Venezuela in 2016 by the Braves. So far this year, he has pitched 41 innings and has 30 strikeouts with 20 walks. Tomorrow will be his 10th start of the season.
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