Originally created 07/09/98

RedStixx slow down Jackets



Columbus came up with the perfect remedy to cool off the red-hot Augusta GreenJackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium Wednesday night.

There's nothing like good pitching to silence the hot-swinging Jacket bats. And that's exactly what the RedStixx did, grabbing an early lead and holding on to 4-2 victory over the first-place GreenJackets. However, it was just the third Jackets loss in their last 12 games.

Columbus, had lost seven of its last nine games entering Wednesday night's game and fallen into the cellar of the South Atlantic League's Southern Division. The Stixx (7-12) not only got back on the winning track, they snapped their two-game losing skid.

Columbus starter Scott Harrison worked six solid innings to pick up his third win of the season. The right-hander allowed just six hits and fanned seven Jackets on the hill.

But it was one of those nights where nothing seemed to go right for Augusta (14-6). The Jackets pushed a run home in the fourth when Bo Hundt scored off Casey Cloud's RBI double off the right field wall to tie the game at 1-1.

Then Augusta tried to mount a late rally in the eighth. Derrick Lankford drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second and third when Columbus reliever Jo Horgan overthrew first baseman Billy Munoz on a pickoff attempt at first. Lankford scored later in the inning on Lee Evans' RBI single.

But Augusta's problem Wednesday night was they were unable to cash in with runners on base. The Jackets had runners in scoring position in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings, including leaving the bases stranded in the third inning and coming away empty.

The Jackets were unable to take charge offensively and stuck starter Danny Crawford (3-5) with a hard luck loss.

Columbus took charge of the game early on Billy Munoz's solo homer over the left-field fence giving Columbus a 1-0 lead.

Columbus then pushed a run each across in the fifth and sixth inning to take a 3-1 advantage before padding its lead in the top of the ninth with another run to make it 4-2.

The same two teams go at it again tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Lake Olmstead Stadium.