A two-run double in the eighth inning propelled the Lexington Legends to an eventual win over the Augusta GreenJackets on Sunday.
The Legends avoided a series sweep with a 5-2 win over the GreenJackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Augusta (3-1) was seeking a four-game sweep in a season-opening series for the first time since 2007, but a two-out, two-run double by Lexington’s Michael Antonio in the eighth gave the Legends the lead for good.
Legends starter Colin Rodgers went five innings, allowing two unearned runs on three hits. Clayton Schulz and Daniel Hernandez combined to hold the GreenJackets scoreless for the rest of the game.
“It was one of those days,” GreenJackets manager Mike Goff said. “I didn’t think we swung the bats that bad. We didn’t get a lot to show for some of the balls we squared up pretty good. There had to be six or eight line drives right at people. It was just one of those days.”
Antonio went 2 for 4 with three RBI for Lexington (1-3). Cameron Gallagher went 3 for 4 with a double, ending the series with five hits and two doubles. Raul Mondesi added two hits and one RBI while making several strong plays at shortstop.
The GreenJackets got two hits each from Charles Jones and Stephen Branca, with Jones recording the team’s lone RBI.
“It’s not like we had a bad day at the plate,” Jones said. “We hit a lot of balls well, it just seemed like a million guys out there playing defense. You just have to accept it and keep swinging.”
Antonio put the Legends on the board in the first with an RBI single. The GreenJackets responded with two in the fourth on an error and RBI single by Jones.
Lexington’s Terrance Gore tripled and scored on a sac fly by Ethan Chapman to tie the game at 2 in the fifth.
The score remained tied until the eighth, when Antonio doubled home the go-ahead runs off Augusta reliever Steven Okert. A fifth run scored in the ninth on an RBI single by Mondesi.
GreenJackets starter Kendry Flores allowed two runs on five hits in six innings, walking one and striking out four.