Ninth-inning rally helps Lakewood drop Augusta

Lakewood 3, Augusta 2



The Lakewood BlueClaws awoke from a hitting slumber to shock the Augusta GreenJackets in the final game of the series Friday night.

Lakewood’s William Car­mona hit a two-run home run to lead the BlueClaws to a 3-2 comeback win over the GreenJackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

After failing to score in the previous 17 innings, Lake­wood (13-15) scored three in the ninth off Augusta closer Tyler Mizenko, the most earned runs he’s allowed in an outing this season.

After Carmona’s homer, catcher Chad Carman singled home the go-ahead run.

“(Mizenko) threw (Car­mona) a slider and he said he got the pitch he was looking for, and he put good wood on it,” BlueClaws manager Mickey Morandini said. “Obviously, it was a big hit for us. That got us pumped up.”

The blown save wasted Augusta starter Chris Stratton’s seven scoreless innings. He gave up five hits, issued four walks and struck out four.

Stratton didn’t match Joan Gregorio’s seven hitless innings from Thursday night, but he kept the ball on the ground and avoided trouble, inducing 11 ground balls.

The right-hander stranded runners in scoring position twice and induced three double plays.

“(Stratton) made some good pitches when he had to, a bunch of double plays,” Morandini said. “We were a little frustrated as a team but, fortunately, we were able to pick it up there in the ninth.”

Augusta (12-13) scored its runs on RBI singles by Eliezer Zambrano in the fifth and Matt Duffy in the eighth.

The GreenJackets put two in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth, but shortstop Alberto Robles flew out to center to end the game.

Lakewood’s Brian Pointer, Larry Greene and Mitch Walding added two hits each.


PLAY OF THE GAME: Lakewood’s William Carmona hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to tie the game at 2.

STAR OF THE GAME: Carmona finished with a home run, two RBI and a walk.

NEXT: Asheville at Augusta, 7:05 p.m. today