Hits keep on coming in Augusta's victory

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Brett Favre's image wasn't the only thing that took a hit Monday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The Augusta GreenJackets, who poked fun at the legendary quarterback with a flip-flop giveaway and a one-day retirement of his number, also took advantage of the visiting Savannah Sand Gnats in a 4-1 win.

An announced crowd of 1,980 came out for the Brett Favre Night festivities -- 500 fans more than the average Monday night home game this season. Along with promotional games, such as the Lambeau Leap and Strahan Sack, the fans saw the GreenJackets tally eight hits on the night, including a pair of RBI singles from Juan Ciriaco and a solo home run off the bat of Nick Noonan.

The Noonan blast, his fifth of the season, came in the bottom of the fifth and answered a similar solo shot from Savannah's Carlos Guzman to lead off the inning.

"It was a close game already and then they hit a homer, and it was kind of a shock," Noonan said. "Then we came up, and I knew he was going to throw me a changeup, so I stayed back on it and got ahold of it."

The home team also continued to run freely around the basepaths. In the three games played during this series, the GreenJackets have stolen 12 bases. Noonan and Ciriaco contributed to that total on Monday night, as did James Simmons, who swiped second and third in the sixth.

"That's a huge advantage for us," manager Andy Skeels said. "Offensively, anytime you can hit with a runner at second instead of first, it puts pressure on the other team to have to execute even more."

GreenJackets starter Chance Corgan (3-4) picked up the win after scattering seven hits through five innings. He pitched to one batter in the sixth before Wilmin Rodriguez took over and threw four innings of one-hit baseball for his first save of the season.

John Holdzkom, normally a Sand Gnats reliever, made his second start of the season and gave up two runs on four hits through five innings to fall to 2-2.

The GreenJackets, who entered Monday's game with the third-best record in the entire full-season minor league ranks, remained 31/2 games ahead of the Asheville Tourists for first place in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division.

Reach Billy Byler at (706) 823-3216 or billy.byler@augustachronicle.com.


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