Originally created 08/15/98

GreenJackets continue streak

It's one of those things that no baseball player from the T-ball leagues up to the big leagues has an answer to.

And when it's in your favor, you don't ask questions, you just let it happen. But when it's not in your favor, you try anything and everything to solve it.

It's the almighty S-T-R-E-A-K, and right now it has the Augusta GreenJackets all wrapped up, from the head down to the toes. Friday night's contest at Lake Olmstead Stadium between the Jackets and the Capital City Bombers was the latest series in the Sally League soap operas as the Bombers topped Augusta 4-1.

The Jackets managed just one run on five hits and dropped their ninth straight contest and 17th in their last 19 games. Just 27 days ago, the Jackets had the best record in league at 18-12 in the second half of the season and led the Southern Division over the Macon Braves by four games in the standings.

But times have certainly changed. Currently, the Jackets have the second worst record (25-31) in the league, trailed only by Charleston, WV (17-37).

On the otherhand, Friday's opponent Capital City owns the league's best record at 35-21.

It didn't take long for the Bombers to lower the boom on the Jackets Friday. In the third inning, starter Andy Bausher allowed back-to-back singles and a walk to load the bases for Maurice Bruce. Bruce promptly lined a double into the left field corner, clearing the bases and giving Capital City a 3-0 lead.

Bausher, coming off a 2-1 loss to Columbus on Sunday and absorbing a hard luck loss after allowing just two runs on two hits, was stuck with another tough loss on Friday night. The left-hander allowed just three earned runs on five hits in five innings.

As a matter of fact, Bausher and relievers Wilson Guzman and O.J. Cook all pitched well, but received no offensive support.

The Bombers again added another run in the fourth to make it 4-0 on Juan Moreno's RBI single.

Augusta finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Victor Gutierrez drew a leadoff walk to start the inning and stole second before Derrick Lankford's RBI single scored Gutierrez from second.

The Jackets had one final chance in the ninth inning. Xavier Burns reached on an infield single to open the ninth and it seemed Carlos Rivera would get Augusta back in the game when he launched a deep fly to center field that certainly appeared to over Alex Escobar's head. However, Escobar made a running catch over his head and ended the threat.

Augusta will finish out the final game of its 12-game homestand tonight when they close out their series with Capital City at Lake Olmstead Stadium at 7:05 p.m. The GreenJackets are currently 1-10 during their 12-game homestand.


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