Bullpen is source of relief

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Before Sunday's loss where Augusta relievers gave up 12 earned runs as part of a 13-run seventh inning, the GreenJackets' bullpen had given up only one earned run all season.

After the temporary setback, Augusta's bullpen was back on stride Monday, throwing five scoreless innings, securing a 5-2 victory over the Greenville Drive. Left-hander Steven Calicutt got his first win of the season in long relief of starter Orlando Yntema, allowing only two hits and striking out four over four innings.

Daniel Otero secured his second save of the season with a perfect ninth inning, as the GreenJackets won the three-game series, 2-1. The GreenJackets got to Drive starter Eammon Portice early, connecting for six hits and five runs before Portice (1-3) left after 4q innings.

Augusta second baseman Brock Bond came into the game fourth in the South Atlantic League with a .392 batting average.

He improved his average to .407 mark after going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Designated hitter Thomas Neal 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBI.

The GreenJackets managed only two other hits, singles from first baseman Angel Villalona and center fielder James Simmons.

Augusta (10-9) moved back over the .500 mark with the victory. The GreenJackets trail the Drive by one game for third in the Southern Division standings.


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