After winning six of eight games during their first road trip of the year, the Augusta GreenJackets returned to Lake Olmstead Stadium on Tuesday night. It appeared they left their bats on the road.
The GreenJackets saw their four-game winning streak come to an end after managing only three hits in a 2-0 loss to the Kannapolis Intimidators.
The GreenJackets (7-6) had the pitching necessary to win. Starter Orland Yntema allowed only one run on four hits and struck out five in 5q innings of work but still picked up his first loss of the season.
"My two-seamer was working a lot," Yntema said. "I was trying to adjust to where the strike zone was."
Anthony Carter, Kannapolis' starter, matched Yntema's performance with six innings of two-hit baseball.
GreenJackets manager Andy Skeels said it was a shame to waste Yntema's outing.
"He has good stuff. He did a nice job of attacking the strike zone," he said. "I'm just sorry we didn't get him any runs."
Yntema needed only 51 pitches to get through the first five innings. He held the Intimidators scoreless until the sixth, when Kannapolis' Sergio Morales and Joe Persichia started the inning with back-to-back hits. Persichia's shot was a double to the gap in right-center field that put runners at second and third with no out.
Christian Marrero followed with a sacrifice fly to shallow center field that was field by Augusta second baseman Nick Noonan with his back to the infield.
Marrero led off the top of the ninth with the first of three walks surrendered by GreenJackets reliever Joe Paterson in the inning.
Mike Grace drove in the second run of the game with a one-out grounder to shortstop Charlie Culberson, who couldn't get the ball to second base fast enough to turn the double play. Marrero scored for the 2-0 lead.
Lefty Steven Calicutt is scheduled to start tonight for Augusta.
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