Augusta GreenJackets starting pitcher Kyle Crick was named the South Atlantic League’s pitcher of the week Monday after a week of quality Augusta pitching.
The 19-year-old right-hander and 49th overall pick in last year’s draft allowed just one hit over a career-high seven scoreless innings Thursday in a win over first-place Greensboro. Crick struck out a career-high 10, walked one and got his second win of the season.
The performance was the last of three consecutive quality efforts from Augusta pitchers in a sweep of the Grasshoppers last week.
Clayton Blackburn came within an out of throwing a complete-game shutout in Tuesday’s 1-0 win, and Chris Marlowe allowed one run over five innings in Wednesday’s 2-1 win.
Blackburn was Crick’s main competitor in the pitcher of the week race. The 19-year-old starters have tried to one-up each other every outing this season.
“Blackburn pushes me,” Crick said. “We’re both high school guys, and he’s the one who pushes me the most.”
Crick (2-4) is the first GreenJacket to earn the weekly pitching award this season. His next start is Wednesday, when the GreenJackets play the Rome Braves at 12:05 p.m.
SAVE THE DATE: The bullpen got a boost Monday when Cody Hall, the lone Augusta representative on the Southern Division All-Star team, was activated from the disabled list.
Hall, who was out with a strained oblique, led the league with 10 saves. Despite missing more than two weeks, the 24-year-old right-hander still holds a share of the league lead.
Hall took the roster spot of right-hander DeMondre Arnold, who was placed on the disabled list.
GOING FAST: The GreenJackets released another ticket advisory Monday morning as it approached a complete sellout this week. Friday night’s game against the Greenville Drive has sold out of general admission tickets and only a limited number of reserved seating and box seats remained available.
The game’s festivities will include the annual Shepeard Community Blood Center promotion. Anyone who gave blood in recent weeks at one of the organization’s blood centers received a free general admission ticket.
LITERAL LAKE: Monday’s series opener at Lake Olmstead Stadium against the Rome Braves, was called off because of rain.
More than 4 inches of rain soaked the stadium Sunday, and more showers Monday morning made the already saturated field unplayable.
The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader today starting at 5:05 p.m. The GreenJackets already have a doubleheader scheduled for Thursday against the Greenville Drive to make up an earlier rainout, meaning Augusta will play five games in three days.
Tickets to Monday’s game can be redeemed for admission to any remaining regular season home game. Because the game included an all-you-can-eat promotion not offered at other games throughout the week, those using the ticket for a non-Monday game will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, drink and chips.
KRILL THE THRILL: The GreenJackets (27-34) will enter today’s doubleheader having won five of their past six games, including a season-high offensive explosion Sunday in Rome. The team beat the Braves 19-7 on 24 hits. The runs and hits totals were the most for the GreenJackets in a single game since at least 2004.
Right fielder Brett Krill turned in just the fifth five-hit game in the South Atlantic League this season. The GreenJackets’ No. 8 hitter went 5 for 6 with seven RBI on a home run, two doubles and four runs scored.