A perfect storm began brewing early at Lake Olmstead Stadium in the Augusta GreenJackets' Sunday afternoon matchup with the Lexington Legends.
The Legends lead the South Atlantic League in hitting home runs. Augusta leads the league in allowing them. Throw in a windy day with gusts blowing to dead center field, and the result was a 15-6 blowout victory for the Legends.
Lexington hit four homers on the day. Two came off the bat of third baseman Elbert Rosario, who finished 2-for-5 with five RBI.
"Today they were a better team," GreenJackets manager Dave Machemer said. "I don't think we competed on the mound today at all."
Five GreenJackets pitchers combined to allow 15 runs on 13 hits, but only six runs were earned. Three errors, including two from third baseman Charlie Culberson, came at the worst possible times.
Culberson's first came in the second inning, just before Lexington's Kody Hinze hit a two-run homer down the left field line.
Another Culberson error early in the seventh, sandwiched between a walk and a hit batsman, kept the inning alive, and 12 batters eventually came to the plate. Lexington scored seven runs in the inning on five hits to take a 14-1 lead.
Ross Seaton (4-1) allowed one unearned run through six innings to get the win. GreenJackets starter Aaron King (1-1) picked up the loss after giving up seven runs -- six earned -- on five hits through 3Q innings.
The loss snapped Augusta's stretch of three consecutive home victories. The GreenJackets erased a six-run deficit Saturday for a come-from-behind victory. They scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth Sunday, sparked by a two-RBI triple from Dom Duggan, but the rally fell short.
Former South Aiken standout Phil Disher started at first base for Lexington. He scored in the second after reaching on an error. He finished the day 0-for-4 with a walk.
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