Though Boston Red Sox outfielder Jason Repko is still recovering from a knee injury and playing at the Single-A level, he showed his big-league power Sunday in the Greenville Drive’s 4-3 win over the Augusta GreenJackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
The 31-year-old Repko, who originally landed on Boston’s 60-day disabled list because of a shoulder injury and has remained out because of a sprained ligament in his left knee, hit the game-tying home run in the series finale to cap a 2 for 4 day.
“I’ve been out for seven weeks, so I’m definitely just trying to get my timing back,” Repko said. “After the last couple of days it felt good just to make contact.”
Repko went 2 for 4 in the series opener Thursday but failed to get a hit Friday and Saturday, striking out five times in nine trips to the plate. He singled in the third inning of Sunday’s game and scored Greenville’s first run two batters later. His first-pitch homer in the fifth plated two runs to help the Drive erase an early 3-0 deficit.
“That’s the beauty of this game. Either you locate the ball where you want to and keep it down or if you miss it you’re going to pay,” GreenJackets manager Lipso Nava said. “That’s a big-league bat, and he made him pay.”
With the South Atlantic League entering its three-day all-star break, Repko said he will fly to Syracuse to join the Pawtucket Red Sox on their road trip and continue his minor league rehab assignment at the Triple-A level.
Greenville (34-36) will enjoy the three-day break coming off Sunday’s win. Henry Ramos broke the tie in the sixth with a one-out homer to put the Drive up for good.
A complete bullpen effort from the GreenJackets couldn’t contain the Drive, who took the final two games of the series after losing the first three.
The GreenJackets (32-37) head into the all-star break trying to regroup from the pair of losses, which wrapped up the first half of the season with Augusta finishing in sixth place in the seven-team South Atlantic League Southern Division.
The starting spot in the GreenJackets rotation for Sunday’s game fell to Clayton Blackburn, but the 19-year-old right-hander got the day off to take advantage of the extended three-day break.
Instead, reliever Paul Davis got the start and went three innings.
Davis entered his final inning ahead 3-0 thanks to consecutive hits from Augusta’s Jose Flores, Jose Cuevas and Jeff Arnold in the second.
Greenville starter Luis Diaz (1-3) gave up the three runs in the second inning but lasted five to get a win.