Martin Agosta settled down after a first-inning jam and only got stronger as the game went on.
Agosta gave the Augusta GreenJackets five strong innings in a 4-0 season-
opening win over the Lexington Legends on Friday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
The right-hander, a 2012 second-round pick out of St. Mary’s (Calif.), relied on his fastball to command both sides of the plate and a hard slider to record nine strikeouts.
Agosta allowed four hits – three in the first inning – with no walks. He also struck out the side in the fifth.
“That’s how I’ve always been; for whatever reason, I struggle early and have to find a groove,” said Agosta, who was on a 75-pitch count. “My command was off early, but about the fourth or fifth inning, I got the feel again and hit a groove.”
Joe Rapp had two RBI for the GreenJackets. Matt Duffy and Charles Jones each had one and leadoff hitter Jesus Galindo set the table with two hits. Lexington (0-1) threatened in the first on two singles and a hit batter, but Cameron Gallagher hit into an inning-ending double play.
Augusta (1-0) responded with two runs on RBI singles by Rapp and Jones for a 2-0 lead.
The GreenJackets added a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Rapp. Duffy capped the scoring with an RBI single in the seventh.
“We got a couple big singles by Rapp and Jones that were huge,” GreenJackets manager Mike Goff said. “Then we just hung around and had good pitching and defense until we had a chance to score again.”
Defense let Lexington starter Bryan Brickhouse down, as Raul Mondesi’s error led to two unearned runs in the first. After the first, he allowed only two hits over three scoreless innings.