Wilmington Waves (Dodgers) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox)
WHERE: Lake Olmstead Stadium
THE SERIES: Four games - Today through Monday, 7:15 p.m.
RECORDS (Overall/second half): Waves (48-40/10-8), Jackets (50-39/8-11)
Today/RHP Ben Diggins (2-4, 4.88)/LHP Mauricio Lara (1-3, 2.34)
Saturday/LHP Christian Bridenbaugh (2-4, 3.45)/RHP Matt Thompson (7-6, 2.79)
Sunday/RHP Fernando Rijo (9-5, 2.83)/LHP Rich Rundles (5-6, 2.73)
Monday/RHP Joel Hanrahan (5-7, 4.48)/RHP Rene Miniel (6-3, 4.02)
SCOUTING THE GREENJACKETS
The Jackets won their third straight game, 8-3, at Charleston (S.C.) on Wednesday in opener of two-game series. ... OF/3B Justin Sherrod is batting .368 (14-for-38) in 11 games vs. the Waves and is batting .355 in the past nine games, raising his average to .280. ... C Brian Esposito is batting .400 in his past seven games, entering Thursday with a .205 average and 19 RBI in 59 games. ... RHP Matt Thompson is 1-1 with a 1.35 ERA in two starts vs. the Waves. ... RHP Frank Francisco has not allowed an earned run in his past three relief appearances (eight innings). ... Since June 1, RHP Tony Fontana is 2-2 with a 1.16 ERA, allowing 20 hits and one walk with 28 strikeouts in 31 innings. ... 1B Dustin Brisson is fourth in the SAL in batting with a .311 average and is fourth in the league with a .400 on-base percentage. ... The Jackets are back on top of the SAL in pitching with a 2.85 ERA after Lexington took over the lead two weeks ago.
SCOUTING THE WAVES
Wilmington played Macon Thursday in a home doubleheader, its second twin bill in three days after a rainout Wednesday. ... The expansion club features three of the top 10 prospects in the Dodgers organization, according to Baseball America, including top overall prospect, 6-foot-7 RHP Ben Diggins, a first-round pick out of the University of Arizona last year. ... SS Jason Repko, a 1999 first-rounder and the fourth-rated prospect in the Dodgers system, is batting .249 with three home runs and 26 RBI. ... No. 7 prospect Willy Aybar - who received a record contract for a Dominican amateur ($1.4 million in January) - is batting .254 with one home run and 31 RBI. ... C Koyie Hill, named MVP of the SAL All-Star Game, leads the club with a .293 average and 46 RBI. ... OF Candy Martinez leads the club with 34 stolen bases. ... OF Reggie Abercrombie, a Columbus native, is batting .306 with nine stolen bases in 12 games vs. Augusta.
NEWS AND NOTES
Red Sox legend Dwight Evans, hired by the club recently as a special consultant, met the GreenJackets in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday to work with several players.
The 49-year-old Evans played 20 seasons in the major leagues - all with the Red Sox - from 1972-91. He is fourth on the club's all-time home run list with 379 behind Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski and Jim Rice.
Evans will not be returning to Augusta with the Jackets today but likely will pay them a second visit later this season.
Back at hot corner
Tony Blanco returned to third base Wednesday for the first time in more than a month in the Jackets' 8-3 victory over the RiverDogs.
The 19-year-old Dominican, considered the top foreign third-base prospect in baseball, developed bursitis in his right shoulder in late May. He flew to Boston during the SAL all-star break for an MRI, and the Red Sox prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and instructed him not to throw for several weeks.
Blanco committed an error in his first game at third since June 7, but reported no problems with his throwing. He also went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
JACKETS ON DECK
July 17-19/at Savannah; July 20-23/at Columbus; July 24-27/vs. Macon; July 28-31/vs. Columbus.
Friday - Youth baseball cap giveaway (first 1,000 children 12-and-under); Sunday - Family Fun Pack Sunday: Families of four receive four tickets, four hot dogs, four drinks, four bags of chips, two programs, one mini-bat and one logo ball for $29 with a coupon in The Augusta Chronicle.
$8 box, $7 reserved, $6 general admission, $5 senior citizens/active military w/I.D. and children 4-12, $3 children 3-and-under.
NOTE: Statistics do not include Thursday's games.
- Compiled by Rob Mueller