Despite facing a tougher Savannah pitcher in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader, Augusta’s bats came alive to split the two games.
The GreenJackets produced a five-run fifth to beat the Sand Gnats 7-6 in Game 2 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
The Sand Gnats shut down the GreenJackets 2-1 in Game 1 for a doubleheader split.
Even with Savannah starter Steven Matz bringing mid-90s heat and a tough four-pitch mix from the left side in the second game, Augusta (33-21) was able to get to him for three earned runs in four innings. Matz walked four and struck out eight.
“He was in the zone and he was tough,” GreenJackets manager Mike Goff said. “Thankfully, he got a little tired there towards the end and gave us a couple opportunities to get to their bullpen, because he was good today.”
The GreenJackets scored five in the fifth inning for a seven-run lead. Ben Turner went 2 for 2 with three RBI, and Mitch Delfino added two RBI.
Savannah (26-25) scored five in the sixth and one in the seventh to cut the lead to one, but the Sand Gnats left the tying run on third after two consecutive strikeouts by reliever Jorge Bucardo.
“We gave them five or six outs in that one inning, and we’re lucky they didn’t come back and beat us,” Goff said. “We’re very lucky.”
Augusta starter Matt Lujan allowed two runs on two hits over five innings, walking five and striking
The GreenJackets were unable to figure out the Savannah staff in the first game. Sand Gnats starter Tim Peterson only went 3⅓ innings, but he allowed just one run on four hits with five strikeouts. He induced eight swinging strikes over the short outing.
Relievers Estarlin Morel and Beck Wheeler combined to shut down the GreenJackets over the rest of the game.
Augusta starter Justin Schumer recorded four strikeouts in 5⅔ innings, but he allowed two runs on eight hits for the loss.
The first two batters of the game for the Sand Gnats scored their only two runs. Brandon Nimmo singled home one, and Nelfi Zapata brought home the other on a sacrifice fly. The GreenJackets scored their lone run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly RBI by Eliezer Zambrano.