Originally created 07/14/97

Jackets rally past Macon



MACON, Ga. - Atlanta isn't the only Braves team having bullpen problems. So is its South Atlantic League farm club in Macon.

The Augusta GreenJackets pounced on the Macon relief crew for the second straight game and defeated the Braves 5-3 on Sunday.

Macon got two home runs and three RBI from shortstop Glenn Williams, but it wasn't enough.

Alex Pena's solo home run off starter Robert Bell in the seventh pulled the Jackets into a 3-3 tie and forced Bell's exit in favor of Odaliz Perez (3-5).

In the Augusta eighth, Perez hit Bo Hundt to start the inning and struck out John Turlais. But Morgan Walker and Charles Rice walked to load the bases.

Perez got Pena to slap a weak grounder back to the mound and the pitcher turned to throw home to start a possible double play. But he overthrew catcher Alex Borges, Hundt scoring and Pena reaching first safely.

Perez next walked Skip Shipp to force in Walker and Macon brought in Joe Bauldree. He struck out Carlos Rivera and Stan Schreiber, but the Jackets had all the runs they needed.

Williams had his second two-home run game of the season and, after having 13 homers in his first three pro seasons, he now has eight in 39 games. He hit a solo shot in the fourth and two-run homer to the opposite field, both off Augusta starter Paul Ah Yat.

Wyatt Brooks, who came on in relief of Ah Yat, was credited with the victory, with Ryan Halla working the final two innings for the save.

The teams meet again Monday in Macon and then the GreenJackets return home to Lake Olmstead Stadium on Tuesday for a four-game series with Savannah's Sand Gnats. The Jackets continue their home stand with another four-game stint against the Greensboro Bats starting on Saturday.