The Augusta GreenJackets managed just three runs over two games of a doubleheader Sunday, but the pitching staff did enough to earn a split.
The GreenJackets won the first game 1-0 behind a solid start from Joseph Biagini, but pitching faltered early in the second game, giving the Kannapolis Intimidators an 8-2 win.
Biagini took the first game into his own hands, throwing six shutout innings on four hits.
The 22-year-old right-hander flashed swing-and-miss stuff throughout his outing, striking out seven and inducing 10 swinging strikes. He didn’t walk a batter, giving him just three walks in his first 15⅔ innings this season.
Biagini struck out three of his first five batters and faced a rising pitch count in the early innings, but he pitched to more contact in his final three innings.
“He did a very nice job,” GreenJackets manager Mike Goff said. “He threw strikes and stayed ahead of hitters. He kept us in the ballgame, gave us a chance to scratch and crawl for one in the sixth.”
The GreenJackets scored the game’s only run in the sixth when Charles Jones hit a sacrifice fly to right field.
Matt Duffy led off the inning with a triple but was thrown out at home on a groundout. Augusta (11-6) loaded the bases on a walk, fielder’s choice and single before Jones drove in the go-ahead run.
Kannapolis starter Euclides Leyer lasted 5⅓ innings, allowing one run on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
The GreenJackets fell behind early in the second game when starter Jose Reyes walked four consecutive batters in the second inning, leading to a three-run frame.
Reyes lasted just 1⅓ innings, allowing three runs on one hit and four walks.
Kannapolis (9-9) added two in the third, one in the fifth and two in the sixth. Michael Johnson recorded three RBI, while Jason Coats went 2 for 4 with two doubles. Coats totaled five hits in seven at-bats over the two games, including three doubles.
The GreenJackets recorded three extra-base hits in the second game. Duffy and Andrew Cain each had an RBI.
“The last few games have been tough,” Duffy said. “The only thing we can do is go one game at a time. Some of the hits today were for extra bases, lined out a few times. We’re trying to get a little more aggressive. That’s our mindset right now.”