GreenJackets pull away in 9th
In Asheville, N.C., the Augusta GreenJackets tallied four runs in the top of the ninth inning after trailing the entire game and held off the Asheville Tourists to take a 9-7 victory on Sunday.
With Augusta behind by two runs entering the ninth, Trevor Brown reached on an error and advanced to second. Charles Jones singled then Shayne Houck drove Brown in on a sacrifice fly to trim the Asheville lead to 7-6. After Joseph Rapp walked, Rafael Rodriguez doubled to score Jones and pinch runner Alberto Robles. Rodriguez advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Eric Sim.
Matt Duffy continued his hot streak at the plate for Augusta, going 3 for 5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Houck had two hits and drove in a run. Sim also had two hits and drove in two runs. The GreenJackets had 12 hits.
Ian Gardeck picked up the win (2-1) in relief, with Tyler Mizenko earning his 18th save of the season. Starter Chris Stratton went 6 1/3 innings but gave up six earned runs on 11 hits.
Dream win sixth game in a row
In Atlanta, Tiffany Hayes scored 19 points, Angel McCoughtry had 15 points and nine assists, and the Atlanta Dream beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 93-67 on Sunday to improve their WNBA-best record to 10-1.
Jasmine Thomas added 15 points, and Aneika Henry had 12 to help the Dream win their sixth straight game and remain perfect in seven home games.
“It’s special to be 10-1 period and great to be unbeaten at home,” Hayes said. “We’re paying the fans back for their support. They work hard supporting us, and we work hard for them. For us, it’s all about effort. Every win is a team win.”
Hawks will look for free agents
In Atlanta, Danny Ferry is not ready to say whether either first-round draft pick will wear a Hawks uniform next season.
However, the general manager acknowledged that player development will be of utmost importance for 20-year-old Lucas Nogueira and 19-year-old Dennis Schroeder.
The Hawks passed on college players whom many consider more NBA ready. Now they must turn to free agency to build a roster for next season. The Hawks have seven players who will become unrestricted free agents today, including Josh Smith.
“I do think both the guys we drafted in the first round can be very solid parts of our future,” Ferry said after Thursday’s NBA Draft. “It’s also important to have guys who have some experience, have some feel for the game and feel for the NBA.”
West Hills Giant big at Belmont
In New York, West Hills Giant was the most decisive winner in a trio of $100,000 New York Stallion Stakes, beating Captain Gaughen by 2 ½ lengths in the Spectacular Bid on Sunday at Belmont Park.
The Spectacular Bid and Cupecoy’s Joy featured 3-year-olds on the turf, and the Shy Groom was a dirt sprint.
Edgar Prado was aboard for trainer John Terranova II as West Hills Giant paid $7.30 to win as the 5-2 favorite. The time was 1:21.71.
Frosty Bay was an 8-1 upset winner in the Cupecoy’s Joy, beating 5-2 favorite Image of Noon. The time was 1:22.61.