It took eight innings for the Augusta GreenJackets to tie the game, but the Kannapolis Intimidators responded much quicker.
A go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning by Yoandy Barroso gave the Intimidators a 3-2 win Saturday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
The GreenJackets were down 2-0 going to the eighth but scored two on an RBI double by Eric Sim, followed by a single by Travious Relaford.
Tied at 2 going to the ninth, GreenJackets reliever Justin Schumer gave up a leadoff single to Rangel Ravelo, who advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Barroso lined a pitch up the middle to bring home Ravelo for the eventual winning run.
“We battled back,” GreenJackets manager Mike Goff said. “Our pitching staff kept us in there and gave us a chance to get back in the ballgame. Guys battled back.”
Intimidators starter Myles Jaye, from Fayetteville, Ga., shut the GreenJackets out over seven innings, allowing just four hits with four walks and three strikeouts. The right-hander, acquired by the Chicago White Sox from the Toronto Blue Jays last year, avoided trouble and benefited from balls hit at defenders throughout his outing.
Jaye has allowed just two earned runs in 25 innings this season.
Kannapolis (8-8) scored two batters into the game on a Micah Johnson leadoff triple and Adam Heisler RBI single.
Jaye maintained his one-run lead until he received a second run when Jason Coats doubled and eventually scored on a double play in the seventh, giving the Intimidators a 2-0 lead.
Augusta (10-5) received 6⅔ innings from Kendry Flores, who allowed one earned run on five hits, walking none and striking out three.
No GreenJackets hitter had more than one hit. Mitch Delfino went 1 for 3 with a triple. Matt Duffy had two walks.
The GreenJackets entered the weekend with a .240 batting average. They remain the only team in minor league baseball without a home run.
“We come out every night trying to score one and two runs to win a ballgame,” Goff said. “It’s going to bite you, and that’s what happened tonight. It’s time these guys start stepping up and swinging the bat.”
Coats went 2 for 3 with a double for the Intimidators. Heisler and Barroso had the lone RBI.