Saturday, April 20 - Intimidators 3, GreenJackets 2
A fiery GreenJackets manager Mike Goff made his point known more than once that the Augusta bats need to step up.
Goff said after the loss that the hitting is relying on the pitching staff to carry the team, trying to squeak by on one and two runs each night. As he noted, and as this game showed, that doesn't always work.
The GreenJackets remain the only team in minor league baseball without a home run this season, although that stat doesn't tell the entire picture (one stat never does). The GreenJackets have done a good job of manufacturing runs so far, advancing runners, getting timely hits. But sometimes the extra-base knock is needed; that's why they're valued so highly. The GreenJackets haven't produced these.
One GreenJackets hitter has an average above .299 - Matt Duffy at .300. Six of the nine in Saturday's lineup are hitting .250 or lower. While batting average is never the best indicator of hitting, Augusta's on-base percentage also ranks 11th in the 14-team league at .305.
The GreenJackets ran into a solid starter in Myles Jaye. The right-hander from Fayetteville, Ga., shut Augusta out over seven innings on four hits. He did walk four with only three strikeouts and benefited from some BABIP luck, allowing five line drives. But Jaye's two-pitch combination of fastball and slider seemed to work pretty well.
Augusta's Kendry Flores had a pretty good fastball running in this game, while his curveball and changeup seemed to be a little inconsistent. He showed good control by not walking anyone, but his command and putting hitters away was not as on-point as in previous starts.
Notable GreenJackets lines:
Kendry Flores: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Mitch Delfino: 1-4, 3B
Matt Duffy: 0-2, 2 BB
Travious Relaford: 1-3, RBI
Eric Sim: 1-3, 2B, RBI
Notable Intimidators lines:
Myles Jaye: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 3 K
Jason Coats: 2-3, 2B
Adam Heisler: 1-4, RBI
Yoandy Barroso: 1-4, RBI
Micah Johnson: 1-4, 3B
GreenJackets manager Mike Goff:
"We battled back. Our pitching staff kept us in there and gave us a chance to get back in the ballgame. Guys battled back. We try to come out every night trying to score one and two runs to win a ballgame. It’s going to bite you and that’s what happened tonight. It’s time these guys start stepping up and swinging the bat.
"It’s time these guys start stepping up and learning how to hit and drive some baseballs and so far we haven’t done that. It caught up with us tonight. They executed tonight. Top of the ninth, we leave a ball over the plate, they smoke it up the middle and their closer came in and did the job on us.
"I don’t think we made any adjustments as hitters. I think we gave them the outside part of the plate and didn’t make any adjustments whatsoever. We squared some balls up and it was one of those nights. He did a nice job against us. He controlled the running game well in the few opportunities he had. We couldn’t string anything together against him. He did a good job against us."