Two late runs by the Augusta GreenJackets capped a rain-soaked game featuring missed fly balls, runs walked in and multiple errors.
The GreenJackets scored two runs in the seventh to take the lead and eventually won 11-9 over the Asheville Tourists on Saturday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Augusta starter Joe Biagini struggled with control over 11/3 innings, walking five, including two for runs in the first inning. He allowed six total runs – four earned – on three hits with three strikeouts.
Despite allowing seven runs in the first two innings, the GreenJackets held a one-run lead because of an eight-run first inning. Asheville starter Benjamin Hughes allowed eight runs – five earned – on three walks and four hits while recording only one out.
The Tourists took the lead in the fifth on a fielder’s choice by David Dahl. They maintained the advantage until the seventh, when a wild pitch tied the game. Shayne Houck then singled home the go-ahead run for Augusta (17-11). The GreenJackets added their last run in the eighth on an error.
Eric Sim went 3 for 5 with two RBI for Augusta, and Houck went 3 for 4 with two RBI. Ben Turner and Andrew Cain each had two hits as the GreenJackets totaled 14 hits and six walks.
Asheville (16-12) received two hits and two RBI each from Dahl and Tom Murphy, the latter extending his hitting streak to 13 games. Derek Jones had a double and two RBI.
The game was delayed 40 minutes by rain, and the teams played the first few innings in heavy rain. They combined to send 22 batters
to the plate in the first inning. The first putout
in the field occurred with one out in the bottom of the first, after nine runners had scored.
Three runs crossed the plate on walks in the first inning. The first frame also had two errors between the teams.