Augusta GreenJackets manage split with Asheville Tourists thanks to Martin Agosta

Asheville 6-1, Augusta 2-4

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Augusta GreenJackets starter Martin Agosta struck out 10 to shut down the Asheville Tourists and salvage a doubleheader split Monday night.

The GreenJackets rebounded from a 6-2 loss in Game 1 to win 4-1 in Game 2 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Agosta allowed one run on three hits in 5⅓ innings, walking three and reaching double digits in strikeouts for the first time this season. His previous high was nine strikeouts set twice in six starts. He has 45 strikeouts in 31⅓ innings.

Agosta struck out five consecutive batters at one point, including the side in the fourth.

“I felt good. I just have to command in and out, and I did tonight,” Agosta said. “My arm felt good. Command wasn’t all the way there, especially early on. But once I got ahead, I felt good.”

Augusta (18-12) scored four in the first inning, two coming on walk-in runs by Asheville starter Shane Broyles. Stephen Branca singled home a run, and a fielder’s choice brought home the other.

Asheville (17-13) scored its lone run on an RBI double by David Dahl in the first inning.

The Tourists scored in three consecutive innings to overcome an early deficit and win the first game.

The GreenJackets took a two-run lead in the second inning on a Rafael Rodriguez two-run home run.

Asheville responded with an even longer homer in the third by Jose Rivera on a full count. The Tourists took the lead in a four-run fourth. Matt Argyropoulos drove in the tying run on a sacrifice fly, followed by an RBI double by Rivera to take the lead. Kyle Von Tungeln doubled home two to cap the inning.

“The last week or so we haven’t done a good job staying away from the crooked number,” manager Mike Goff said. “That’s the quickest way to get beat. Also, we’re still learning to hit the fastball, but in the second game we had a better approach at the plate.”

Tourists catcher Tom Murphy went 2 for 3 to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.

Asheville starter Jonathan Vargas, the fifth left-hander to face Augusta this season, allowed two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Counterpart Jose Reyes last just 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs. Reyes has lasted five innings just once in his five starts.

PLAY OF THE GAMES: Augusta starter Martin Agosta struck out the side in the fourth, striking out five consecutive batters at one point.

STAR OF THE GAMES: Agosta struck out 10 over 5⅓ innings, allowing one run on three hits.

NEXT: Asheville at Augusta, 7:05 p.m. today


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