Augusta offense fails to deliver

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Scoring opportunities came and went Thursday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium. With the exception of a fourth-inning RBI single from Ehire Adrianza, the Augusta GreenJackets failed to take advantage in another 2-1 loss to the Lexington Legends.

For the second night in a row, the GreenJackets managed only one run. They stranded nine runners and went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position to fall to 7-16 in one-run games this season.

"We did a very poor job of pitch selection at the plate," GreenJackets manager Dave Machemer said. "Tonight we were not good. We had our chances, but we didn't do a very good job at all tonight."

GreenJackets starter Eric Surkamp added to his team- leading strikeout total by fanning seven over five innings. He allowed a pair of runs in the first two innings, which was enough for his third loss of the season.

Lexington leadoff hitter Jay Austin, who won Wednesday night's game with a home run, started Thursday's contest with a triple to the gap in right-center field.

He later scored on a single from Steve Brown for an early Legends lead.

Surkamp gave up three hits -- two infield singles -- in the second inning to allow the second run. Freddie Hernandez led off with a dribbler to third base and scored on an RBI single off the bat of Jorge DeLeon.

Andy D'Alessio, who entered Thursday with at least one hit in each of his past nine games, saw that streak come to an end with an 0 for 3 night.

The cleanup hitter was a part of a top half of the GreenJackets lineup who combined to go 3 for 16.

"It was a tough game," D'Alessio said. "The pitcher threw the ball well against us, and we weren't able to get anything going.

"They did a good job of making pitches when they had to, and we didn't hit them."

Johnny Monell, also looking to extend his nine-game hit streak, didn't start but got a pinch hit single in the bottom of the ninth.

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

STAR OF THE GAME: Jay Austin , a second-round draft pick of the Houston Astros, homered to win Wednesday's game, and the 18-year-old prospect was 2 for 4 Thursday with a leadoff triple to start the game.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Lexington's No. 9 hitter Jorge DeLeon singled in what proved to be the game-winning run with a hard grounder up the middle with one out in the second inning.

NEXT: 7:05 tonight, Lexington at Augusta


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