Originally created 08/13/97

Jackets fall in hole early, lose 6-3



MACON, Ga. - The Macon Braves cut the Augusta GreenJackets' lead in the South Atlantic League Southern Division standings to a half-game Tuesday night with a 6-3 victory.

The GreenJackets fell behind early as pitcher Michael Chaney gave up four runs in the bottom of the first inning on singles by Jarrod Wong and Jim Sherrer, followed by Steve Hacker's two-run double.

Macon's Luis Rivera was in control early with his fastball that was clocked in the upper 90 mph until Morgan Walker tried to bring the GreenJackets back on his own.

He chased Rivera in the fourth inning with a home run, and in the fifth inning the Augusta designated hitter doubled in Stan Schreiber to make the score 4-2.

For the game, Walker was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Bo Hundt made it a one-run ball game for the GreenJackets in the sixth inning when he homered.

Macon put the game away in the bottom of the sixth on Jason Katz's solor homer and another Hacker RBI.

When Hacker knocked in former Westside High star Jason Ross to break the team record for RBI in the season. He has 105.

With two weeks remaining in the season, Hacker could challenge for the most RBI in the league since 1987, when Ed Whited drove in 126.

The GreenJackets will try to hold their precarious division lead when they tangle with the Braves again, at 7 p.m.