Tuesday, April 22, 2014
AUGUSTA — The Augusta GreenJackets (11-7) beat the Hagerstown Suns (12-5) in the first game of the series, on Monday night, 4-2 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
The win marked the third consecutive game where the GreenJackets recorded double-digits hits.
The team recorded 11 hits for the night.
Nine of the those hits came off Suns starting pitcher Nick Pivetta. In his fourth outing of the season, Pivetta gave up nine hits, and four runs in four and one-thirds innings.
The GreenJackets scored first in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Devin Harris doubled through the hole at short stop. Christian Arroyo singled to shallow left field. On a wild pitch by Pivetta, Arroyo advanced to second. Tyler Horan then walked.
With the bases loaded, John Polonius grounded into a forced out, with Harris out at the plate. A sacrifice fly by Tyler Ross allowed Christian Arroyo to score the first run of the night. Randy Ortiz doubled to left field letting Horan and Polonius to score the next two runs.
The GreenJackets’ final run of the game came in the fifth inning.
With one out, Brandon Bednar singled to right field. Reliever Andrew Cooper then walked Devin Harris. Arroyo singled to left field which allowed Bednar to score.
Christian Jones (1-1) pitched his second consecutive shutout in the game. He pitched six innings, gave up three hits and threw six strikeouts. In his three starts this season, Jones has an ERA of 1.50 over 12 innings, with 15 strikeouts and five walks.
During their trip to Lexington, Ky., the GreenJackets earned a series win against the Lexington Legends.
Augusta dropped the first game of the series on a walk-off hit, but came back to win game two 11-3 and took game three 5-2.
The GreenJackets will finish their series with Hagerstown by playing on Tuesday and Wednesday.
They will then host Asheville for four games, Thursday-Sunday and will travel to Charleston on Tuesday.