The Kannapolis Intimidators played the kryptonite to the Augusta GreenJackets' super season in 2006. They were the only team with a winning record against Augusta.
And when Kannapolis handed Augusta its first home loss of the season Saturday night, GreenJackets manager Roberto Kelly said he began worrying about dj vu.
"After (Saturday) I was sitting there thinking, 'Here we go again. We just can't beat them for whatever reason,'" Kelly said.
On Sunday, pitchers Ben Snyder and Dan Griffin allowed no such luck to continue.
Snyder and Griffin combined on a three-hit shutout, and Bobby Felmy hit a three-run home run to lead the GreenJackets to a 7-0 decision over the Intimidators at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Snyder, the No. 4 pick of the San Francisco Giants last year, allowed only two hits in six innings to lower his ERA to a remarkable 0.47 in four games. He hasn't allowed a run in 14 innings and has given up only one in 19 innings all year.
Sunday marked Augusta's league-leading seventh shutout this year, in just 18 games.
"That's unbelievable, really," said shortstop Brian Bocock, who raised his average to .324 with a 2-for-4 effort. "We're piggybacking a lot - which I don't think some of the guys like too much - but it basically allows us to throw two starters every night. I think it helps the bullpen, and it's been good so far."
Griffin gave up a hit in three innings of work, and Joey Dyche had a two-RBI hit in Augusta's three-run seventh.
The GreenJackets (15-3) remained multiple games up on the South Atlantic League going into tonight's third of four games with Kannapolis (8-9).
Nestor Rojas also had two hits and Matt Weston drove in a run to help the GreenJackets move to 9-1 at home.
Augusta jumped on Kannapolis starter Jake Rasner early, as Bocock, the leadoff man, doubled and scored on a throwing error by Intimidators catcher Francisco Hernandez.
Felmy, a former University of Georgia standout, made it 4-0 in the third. After Bocock singled and Ryan Rohlinger walked, Felmy laced a 1-and-1 fastball into the wind and over the right-field wall for a three-run home run, his first of the year.
"I'm glad to be back. I love the South and love the people here. I even had some fans out there barking," said Felmy, who just returned after starting the season on the DL. "They were going to send me to Arizona when I got hurt, which I was all down about. But it's definitely good to be back in Georgia."
The GreenJackets tacked on three unearned runs in the seventh off reliever Clevelan Santeliz to go up 7-0. Weston's RBI double was followed two batters later by Dyche's two-RBI hit to left.
NOTES: Class A Augusta and Class A advanced San Jose of the California League, the two Class A teams of the San Francisco Giants, are a combined 28-6.
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