Originally created 04/18/99

Augusta boils Crawdads, 7-6

There were certainly no signs of a power outage Saturday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium when Jeff Keaveney and Carlos Rodriguez stepped to the plate in the completion of Friday night's suspended game.

Keaveney belted a grand slam and Rodriguez made it back-to-back homers with a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth inning as the GreenJackets rallied to defeat the Hickory Crawdads, 7-6.

The consecutive blasts off Hickory reliever and former Jacket Tony Pavlovich gave Augusta a 6-5 lead, but the Jackets needed more heroics after the Crawdads rallied to tie the contest in the top of the ninth.

After Tonayne Brown reached on a two-base error by shortstop Shawn Skrehot to lead off the bottom of the ninth and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Angel Santos, Alex Ahumada drilled a 1-1 fastball to center field off reliever Joe Beimel that sent Brown home with the winning run.

Mark Cisar (1-0), who gave up the tying run in the ninth after retiring the first two Hickory batters he faced, was credited with the victory.

Beimel (1-1) came out of the Hickory bullpen to start the ninth and took the tough-luck loss, allowing an unearned run that gave the Jackets the win.

The Jackets also rallied with three runs in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings in Saturday's regularly-scheduled game, then, after Hickory (5-5) took a 4-3 lead in the top of the eighth, came from behind again with two runs in their last at-bat to win 5-4.

Angel Mendoza scored the winning run on a passed ball by Hickory catcher Rico Washington.

Former Jacket Jess Siciliano (0-1) was credited with the loss for Hickory while reliever Chris Zallie (2-0) got the win for Augusta.

In the suspended game, Chas Terni belted his first home run of the season for the Jackets (6-4), who have won five of their last six games after opening the season 1-3.

The home run by Rodriguez was also his first of the year while the grand slam was Keaveney's second homer of the season.

It was quite a turn of events for the Jackets, who were trailing 3-0 in the top of the fifth inning when play was halted Friday night after one of the light towers at The Lake lost power.

Former Augusta pitcher Clint Johnston, the Pirates' first-round draft choice last June, cruised through the first four innings on Friday against his former club, giving up just one hit with three walks and four strikeouts.

But the Crawdads' bullpen couldn't hold the lead. Paul Stabile, a South Atlantic League All Star with the Jackets last season, allowed four runs (three earned) on two hits in three innings of relief, while Pavlovich allowed two runs on three hits, including the two home runs, in one inning of work.

Rob Mueller covers minor league baseball for The Augusta Chronicle. He can be reached at (706) 823-3425 or robm99@hotmail.com.


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