GreenJackets open season, split with RiverDogs

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

Staff photo by Bill Bengtson Mayor Lark Jones, left, visits with Augusta GreenJackets representative Dan Szatkowski on Thursday evening in Lake Olmstead Stadium, during a break in the action in the GreenJackets’ season-opening game.

AUGUSTA — The Augusta GreenJackets opened their season on April 3 against the Charleston RiverDogs. Although the GreenJackets (2-2) dropped the opening game 5-1, more than 3,300 fans were in attendance to bring in the new season for the team.

North Augusta native Jake Smith pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the GreenJackets, striking out in his first appearance. The right-hander pitched 2? innings on the series, making three appearances.

In the opening game, which was scoreless through the first four innings, Charleston scored three runs in the fifth inning and added two more, one in the sixth inning and another in the eighth, to beat the GreenJackets 5-1. The sixth inning was when the GreenJackets scored their only run. With two outs, Christian Arroyo tripled on a fly ball to left field. Ryan Tuntland, next up, hit a single to first base off a fielding error by Gosuke Katoh, which scored Arroyo.

The GreenJackets celebrated their first win of the season on April 4, beating the RiverDogs 6-3.

Brandon Bednar, went 3 for 4 against the RiverDogs. Bednar singled in the first, fifth and sixth innings.

The fifth inning proved to be the GreenJackets best inning. The team recorded three runs. Bednar began the inning with a single up the middle. Arroyo grounded out and Ryan Tuntland reached first on a fielder’s choice, fielded by Avelino. Ryder Jones doubled to right field which allowed Bednar to score. After Shawn Payne grounded out, Tyler Horan walked and Ty Ross reached first due to a fielding error by Mike Ford. The error allowed Tuntland and Jones to record two runs.

Matt Lujan threw for four innings and earned the win for the GreenJackets. He allowed three hits, one walk and four strikeouts.

The GreenJackets continued their winning streak against Charleston on April 5.

Keury Mella (1-0) made a strong debut for the GreenJackets. He pitched 5? innings, allowed seven hits and recorded five strikeouts.

The RiverDogs scored first in the game. Early in the second inning, Brandon Thomas tripled to center field. Luis Torrens singled to center field allowing Brandon Thomas to score.

The GreenJackets had 10 hits throughout the night, five of those 10 hits came in the second inning. Tuntland started the inning with a single up the middle. Ryder Jones and Matt Chavez each singled to right field. With the bases loaded, Horan singled through the hole which allowed Tuntland to score the GreenJackets first run of the night. Tyler Ross flied out in foul territory and Cristian Paulino grounded into a fielders choice. Ryder Jones scored a run and, with two outs, Randy Ortiz tripled deep into right center field which led Matt Chavez and Cristian Paulino each to score.

In the series finale, Augusta fell to Charleston 4-1 to earn a series split.

Charleston had seven hits in the game, four of which came in the fourth inning. Aaron Judge began the fourth inning with a single to right field. Mike Ford singled through the hole at second base. Miguel Andujar then doubled to center field, which allowed Judge and Ford to score. A throwing error by Ryder Jones allowed Andjuar to advance to third.

Augusta recorded its only run of the game in the fourth inning. With one out, Jones grounded into a forced out. Payne then singled to right field. With runners on first and second, Horan doubled through the hole at second base, allowing Jones to score.

The GreenJackets start their first two road series this week, playing the Savannah Sand Gnats April 7 through 9 then face the RiverDogs again in Charleston April 10 through 13. The GreenJackets will be back at Lake Olmstead Stadium on April 14 with a three-game series against Savannah.

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