HICKORY, N.C. - The Augusta GreenJackets blew a lead in the eighth inning and lost to the Hickory Crawdads 6-3 Wednesday night in a South Atlantic League game.
Hickory touched up Augusta reliever Danny Young, 0-4, for four runs in the eighth to erase a 3-2 deficit.
Augusta scored all of its runs in the seventh inning on Elton Pollock's 3-run run. The two-out blast scored Chris Miyake, who opened the inning with a single and Boomer Whipple, who reached on a walk.
The loss dropped Augusta 2« games behind Columbus in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League. Columbus was off on Wednesday.
Young struck out the first batter in the Hickory eighth, but then ran into trouble. Josh Paul singled, then stole second base. Young then walked Dan Olson. A wild pitch moved Paul to third base and Young to second. After Josh Fauska drew a walk to load the bases, Allen Thomas delivered a RBI single.
The second run of the inning came on a fielder's choice and the final two runs came on Jeff Inglin's two-out triple.
Augusta starter Jason Johnson went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out eight batters.
The second game of the four-game set in Hickory will be played today.
Augusta, the first-half champion in the Southern Division, has 11 games left in the second half.