Jackets split second consecutive doubleheader with Sand Gnats

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Augusta and Savannah traded strong pitching performances that led to a second consecutive split of doubleheader games Monday night.

GreenJackets starter Joe Kurrasch threw 5⅔ scoreless innings to beat the Sand Gnats 4-0 in Game 2 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Sand Gnats starter Seth Lugo tossed six strong innings to beat the GreenJackets 3-2 in Game 1.

Kurrasch held Savannah (27-26) to five hits while striking out six. The lefty induced 14 swinging strikes, mixing in a fastball with a strong changeup and curveball, all commanded well to both sides of the plate.

“I had all my pitches working,” Kurrasch said. “I was able to go to the changeup and off-speed late, and I got success from it.”

Augusta (34-22) recorded four runs in the fourth – all with two outs – to take a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Rando Moreno and Mitch Delfino each singled home one run, and Shawn Payne doubled home two.

Delfino went 2 for 3 with a double and RBI. Payne and Ben Turner had the other extra-base hits for the GreenJackets, both doubles.

“I was proud of the way they bounced back from a loss in the first game,” manager Mike Goff said. “Kurrasch was outstanding and gave us exactly what we needed.”

Savannah starter Seth Lugo allowed two runs on five hits in six innings in Game 1, walking one and striking out three.

Lugo’s solid command of a fastball/curveball combination kept him on the corners and away from hard contact, which has become a trend for the right-hander. He came away from the start with one walk to 24 strikeouts in 19 innings for the Sand Gnats this season.

The Sand Gnats scored three in the third on RBI from Maiki De La Cruz and Cole Frenzel, with an error scoring the third run.

The GreenJackets scored one in the fourth on a solo homer by Joey Rapp and cut the lead to one in the sixth on an RBI groundout by Delfino. Savannah was able to hold onto its lead in the final frame.

The GreenJackets have a 2½-game lead over the Lexington Legends in the division. The two teams open a three-game series today.

SAVANNAH 3-0, AUGUSTA 2-4

PLAY OF THE GAMES: Augusta’s Shawn Payne doubled home two in the fourth inning of Game 2 to break open the scoring.

STAR OF THE GAMES: GreenJackets starter Joe Kurrasch threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts in Game 2.

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

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