Augusta GreenJackets third baseman Mitch Delfino did his best to turn the lights out at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Delfino launched a walk-off home run off the light pole in left field as the GreenJackets beat the Charleston RiverDogs 3-2 in 12 innings in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
“To be able to do that, and watch our team celebrate and not watch the other team celebrate, it was nice to see,” GreenJackets manager Mike Goff said. “It was a big hit by Delfino.”
A two-run homer by center fielder Andrew Cain gave the GreenJackets the go-ahead runs it needed to complete the sweep, winning Game 2, 3-2.
Delfino’s homer came one inning after Charleston’s Greg Bird crushed one of the longest home runs at Lake Olmstead this season, sending a towering blast to center field to give the RiverDogs a 2-1 lead. It was the first home run to center field in the park this season.
With Charleston (22-20) holding a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the 11th, catcher Eliezer Zambrano singled to advance a runner to third. Charleston left fielder Daniel Aldrich let the ball go by him, allowing the runner to score on an error and tie the game at 2.
The late scoring overshadowed a strong effort by GreenJackets starter Justin Schumer, who threw six scoreless innings while scattering
four hits. He tired in the seventh, giving up two singles before being replaced.
Augusta (23-18) started lefty Joe Kurrasch for the first time this season in Game 2. He went five innings, allowing two runs – one earned – on four hits with five strikeouts.
Kurrasch showed a mix of quality pitches, sitting low-90s with a tailing fastball along with a good curveball and changeup.
“He threw the ball very well,” Goff said. “He gave us a solid five innings. They weren’t picking up his fastball well at all.”
Down by two after three innings, Augusta inched back on an RBI groundout by Joey Rapp before Cain’s two-run homer in the fifth gave them the eventual winning runs.