Originally created 07/19/00

Augusta beat bad by Bats

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- One night after coming alive for 20 runs and 24 hits, the Augusta GreenJackets' bats were silenced on Tuesday by a pair of Greensboro pitchers as the Bats rolled to a 10-2 victory in the opener of a four-game series at before 1,849 at War Memorial Stadium.

Every Greensboro starter had at least one hit and one RBI by the end of an eight-run third inning that gave the Bats a 10-2 lead.

Torre Tyson led a 15-hit attach for the Bats (7-18) with three hits, three RBI and two runs scored, while four others -- Mike Vento, Dion Washington, Pedro Santana and Angel Valdez -- had two hits apiece. Vento also scored twice.

Right-hander Mike Knowles (4-10), who has struggled much of the season, turned in one of his finer performances of 2000, tossing seven strong innings and allowing only one earned run while striking out four.

Louis Witte pitched two hitless innings of relief to help hand the Jackets (14-11) their third loss in four games.

Jackets ace Brad Baker (9-3), who has pitched brilliantly of late, had perhaps his roughest outing of the season. He lasted only two innings, yielding six hits and six runs (five earned). Lance Surridge didn't fare much better, allowing five hits and four runs in only one inning of work.

Jon Anderson was the lone Jacket with two hits. Chris Warren, who hit two grand slams in Monday's 20-5 victory over the Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs, went 1-for-3.

Game 2 of the four-game set is at 7:05 tonight.


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