Augusta completes sweep of Savannah

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Scoreless half inning after scoreless half inning went by at Lake Olmstead Stadium over the past four nights as the Savannah Sand Gnats saw their bats fall completely silent to the Augusta GreenJackets' pitching staff.

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Augusta's Ryan Cavan chases down a grounder during the GreenJackets' win, giving them a sweep of the Sand Gnats.   Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
Augusta's Ryan Cavan chases down a grounder during the GreenJackets' win, giving them a sweep of the Sand Gnats.

The visiting team finally pushed a run across Wednesday night in the top of the second, but that's all they got in a 3-1 GreenJackets' victory.

In the four-game sweep totaling 45 innings, Augusta pitchers allowed only one run.

"The pitchers were hitting their spots. All of them, all series," GreenJackets catcher Hector Sanchez said through an interpreter. "They were switching eye-levels on the batters, changing up speeds. It worked."

Sanchez caught two of the four games in the series and provided the necessary offensive power Wednesday night to get the win. He drove in two runs with a double to the gap in left-center field in the fourth inning to turn a one-run deficit into a one-run lead.

That's all the run support a hot GreenJackets pitching staff needed as starter Kyle Vazquez (4-1) scattered five hits in seven innings of work and reliever Devan Kline retired six of the seven batters he faced, three on strikeouts, to get his first save of the season.

In the series, 11 different GreenJackets pitchers combined to post a 0.20 ERA.

"What's nice about it is we've gotten so many great performances from a lot of different guys," GreenJackets manager Dave Machemer said. "It's not just one arm. (Pitching coach Steve) Kline's got them working the plan, and they're in a rhythm and doing it."

The scoreless innings pitched streak helped the GreenJackets erase a three-game deficit in four games to claim sole possession of first place in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division. The GreenJackets now own the top record in the league at 25-15 overall.

Evan Crawford continued his hot streak, with a double and a triple.

Over the past 20 games, the starting center fielder has hit well enough to raise his season average more than 100 points, to .264.

GAME REPORT

Play of the Game: Hector Sanchez turned a one-run deficit into a one-run lead with a two-out, two-RBI double in the fourth inning to give the GreenJackets a 2-1 advantage.

Star of the Game: Kyle Vazquez and Devan Kline were the latest in a long line of GreenJackets pitchers to baffle Savannah. The two hurlers completed a streak of 45 innings in which Augusta pitching surrendered only one run in the four-game series.

Next: The GreenJackets will take a mini-road trip with a four-game series against the Greenville Drive starting tonight at 7:05.

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Connor Threlkeld 05/20/10 - 01:17 am
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Whyisit01 and OnlyinAgs, take

Whyisit01 and OnlyinAgs, take a look at the third photo for a shot of the crowd at last night's GreenJackets game. I can assure you, there's no conspiracy. Photos of the crowd usually just aren't a priority when sorting action photos and designing a page on deadline. You can contact photographer Michael Holahan with your comments at mike.holahan@augustachronicle.com.

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