GreenJackets Wrap-up: Agosta punches out 10 to salvage split

Monday, May 6 - Tourists 6, GreenJackets 2; GreenJackets 4, Tourists 1

 

Four-run innings helped and hurt the GreenJackets in the doubleheader. It led to a loss in the first game and a win in the second.

 

The best performance of the night went to Martin Agosta, who struck out 10 over 5.1 innings while allowing one run on three hits and three walks. Agosta was in and out with the fastball, snuck a slider at the feet of some batters, and threw a couple good changeups in for good measure.

 

Agosta struck out five consecutive batters at one point, including the side in the fourth. His previous season high was nine strikeouts, set twice in his first five starts. He has 45 strikeouts in 31.1 innings with a 2.01 ERA.

 

Augusta's Ben Turner was one of the better hitters in the doubleheader, recording three total hits, including two in the first game. Andrew Cain had a double, walk and RBI.

 

Asheville's David Dahl showed a little good and bad in the two games. He roped a double off Agosta on a fastball that caught too much plate, but it was his only hit in the two games. He was noticeably pressing in the first game, getting out on his front foot and rolling balls to the left side. Dahl is certainly the real deal, with the potential for plus tools across the board. But he's also very young and is still learning to recognize off-speed and spin.

 

Rosell Herrera is in a similar place as Dahl, although he doesn't have the five-tool potential of Dahl. Herrera cracked two doubles, including one he destroyed off the wall in left. He has the potential for plus power from a tall, wiry frame, but he also needs to work on balance and picking up off-speed.

 

Notable GreenJackets lines (individual games):

Martin Agosta: 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K

Ben Turner: 2-3

Rafael Rodriguez: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI

Andrew Cain: 1-2, 2B, RBI, BB

 

Notable Tourists lines:

Jonathan Vargas: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Jose Rivera: 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 RBI

Kyle Von Tungeln: 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI

Tom Murphy: 2-3, RBI

David Dahl: 1-4, 2B, RBI

 

Mike Goff:

"That’s something we preach every night, is stay away from the big inning, the crooked number defensively. The last week or so we haven’t done a good job staying away from the crooked number defensively. That’s the quickest way to get beat in professional baseball is to give up crooked numbers. You give up solo numbers, you always have a chance. Most time they come from throwing to wrong bases, errors or walks. If you can stay away from those things in a pro game, you have a chance. Like I said, it’s something we haven’t done a good job of lately, but we have to bear down defensively.

 

"We didn’t swing the bats well in the first game whatsoever. We’re continuing to learn how to hit the fastball. But the second game we had some better approaches to it, even though we rolled some over, at least we got the head out there. I was proud of these kids for bouncing back in the second game.

 

"Agosta came out and did a solid job for us. We pushed him a little farther tonight in his pitch count, which is good to see. He didn’t run out of gas, we just got him out of there, weren’t going to take a chance. Then Johnson came in and was lights out. It was good to see.

 

"That’s the highest (Agosta) gone pitch-count wise. He’s got to learn to minimize his pitch counts. Went 0-2 on a couple guys and ended up going 3-2 and a walk. To go deep in the ballgame, when you have a chance to put someone away, you have to take advantage of putting somebody away. Get 0-2 and take one pitch to go for the punchout and then make a quality pitch and move on. One runner got a 3-2 and fouls it off and next thing you know you’re throwing seven pitches to one hitter. Once you get to the fifth and sixth it’s going to catch up to you. Just with him, it’s his pitch count.

 

"I put (Turner) down in the nine-hole in the first game, actually for a couple reasons. He had been struggling as of late, and I was hoping to get him some more fastballs to hit down there, which he did get. Then get his confidence back and jump him right back in the five-hole in the second game. He’s been one of our most consistent guys all year as far as giving you a good AB every time he goes up there."

 

Martin Agosta:

"I felt good. I just have to command in and out, and I did that tonight. Just get ahead with fastballs. My arm felt good. Command wasn’t entirely there, especially early on. But once I got ahead, I felt pretty good. It’s all just command.

 

"Just feeling it. Feeling good. In and out, sneaking a slider in there and get it 0-2, 1-2, and just pound it out.

 

"3-1 (Dahl's) first at bat and just laid a fastball over the plate. We tried to go in and it didn’t seem like he wanted in, so I was trying to go in, and it wasn’t entirely in."

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