Pitching lifts GreenJackets to victory

SAVANNAH, Ga. - Adalberto Mejia pitched six no-hit innings on Sunday and the Augusta GreenJackets held on to take three of four from the Savannah Sand Gnats with a 2-1 win.

Mejia (5-4) retired 18 of the 20 hitters he faced in what was easily his best start. In six scoreless, no-hit innings, Mejia walked two and struck out five.

The GreenJackets scored first for the third time in the series – putting up a run in the second on Brett Krill’s two-out RBI double, one of his four hits in the game. In all four games of the series, the team that scored first ended up getting the win. Augusta added another run in the fourth on Garrett Buechele’s run-scoring single to give the GreenJackets a 2-0 lead.

The no-hit bid was boosted by two great defensive plays in the sixth inning. Buechele barehanded a dribbler up the third base line and delivered a strong throw to first to provide the inning’s first out. Then a drive to left-center was snagged by Elliott Blair on a leaping, diving catch into the gap to preserve the no-hitter.

Mejia left after the sixth inning – his longest outing of the year by two full innings – and was replaced by Andrew Berger. After Berger got the first out of the inning, he walked Dustin Lawley. Aderlin Rodriguez followed with a dribbler up the first base line that Berger couldn’t make a play on to break up Augusta’s no-hit bid. Later in the inning, Greg Pron delivered a two-out single to bring Savannah’s first run of the game and put the tying and go-ahead runs on the basepaths. But Berger recovered to strike out Savannah catcher Xorge Carrillo to hold the one-run lead for the GreenJackets.