Add extra-inning heartbreaker to the list of ways the Augusta GreenJackets have lost in a streak that extended to five games Tuesday night in a 7-3, 11th-inning defeat to the Charleston RiverDogs.
A long-overdue quality outing from their starting pitcher and a few clutch hits brought the GreenJackets to the brink of breaking the longest losing streak in three years. But defensive breakdowns in the eighth and 11th innings negated all the improvements.
“This one was definitely more frustrating,” shortstop Kelby Tomlinson said. “We thought this was going to be our game to get us back on the right side of things. We just came up short.”
Augusta left the potential game-winning run at third in the bottom of the ninth and gave away the game in the 11th.
First baseman Ben Thomas booted a grounder to put runners at second and first with no outs, and Tomlinson compounded the problem on the next at bat when he followed up his diving stop with an errant throw to second base that allowed Charleston’s Casey Stevenson to score from second. The RiverDogs added back-to-back singles for a four-run 11th.
“At least we battled and showed some life,” Augusta manager Lipso Nava said. “Unfortunately things are not going our way. The baseball gods are not with us right now, but we need to find a way to snap out of this losing streak.”