Asheville Tourists (Rockies) at Augusta GreenJackets (Red Sox)
South Atlantic League Divisional playoffs
Game 1: Today, 7 p.m., McCormick Field, Asheville, N.C.
Game 2: Wednesday, 7:15 p.m., Lake Olmstead Stadium
Game 3 (if necessary): 7:15 p.m., Lake Olmstead Stadium
FINAL RECORDS: Tourists (68-71), Jackets (74-65)
Game 1/RHP Matt Roney (8-10, 4.98)/RHP Rene Miniel (8-4, 2.73)
Game 2/RHP Scott Dohmann (11-13, 4.32)/LHP Mauricio Lara (7-6, 3.02)
Game 3/RHP Chris Buglovsky (8-10, 4.08)/RHP Mat Thompson (9-10, 3.22)
SCOUTING THE GREENJACKETS
Augusta lost its final five regular-season games on the road, including three games vs. Asheville. ... Monday's regular-season finale was rained out. ... RHP Rene Miniel finished 10th in the SAL with a 2.73 ERA. ... Game 2 starter Mauricio Lara went 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA in four starts vs. the Tourists, while Game 3 starter Mat Thompson went 1-0 with a 2.00 ERA in two outings vs. Asheville. ... 1B Dustin Brisson finished with the top average on the club, batting .295 with 10 home runs and 53 RBI. ... Leadoff man Antron Seiber leads the club with 36 steals in 48 attempts. ... RF Will Smith hit .303 in his final nine games, raising his season average to .285 with a .393 on-base percentage. ... SS Raul Nieves batted .304 (14-for-46) in 14 games vs. Asheville.
SCOUTING THE TOURISTS
Asheville clinched the Southern Division second-half championship by winning four of its final five games, edging Columbus for the title. ... Tourists 1B Rene Reyes, who was named the league's MVP in late August, suffered a season-ending injury last week. ... OF Brad Hawpe leads the club with 22 home runs and 72 RBI. ... OF Edwin Muth belted 18 homers and drove in 70 runs this season. ... Closer Justin Huisman finished second in the league with 30 saves. ... The Tourists finished third in the league in batting with a .252 average. ... Their pitching staff ranked 14th in the 16-team league with a 4.04 ERA. ... OF Cory Sullivan batted .357 in 10 games vs. the Jackets. ... Game 1 starter Matt Roney was 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA in three starts vs. Augusta. ... Game 2 starter Scott Dohmann went 0-3 with a 2.57 ERA in three starts vs. the Jackets, while Game 3 starter Chris Buglovsky went 1-0 with a 3.54 ERA in three outings.
NEWS AND NOTES
Jackets pitcher Felix Villegas was placed on the disabled list on Monday with pulled leg muscle, and in his place, the Boston Red Sox promoted right-hander Charlie Weatherby from short-season Class A Lowell to the Jackets.
The 22-year-old Weatherby was Boston's 21st-round draft pick in the June draft out of UNC-Wilmington. The Beaufort, N.C., native went 2-3 with a 3.02 ERA in 13 games (10 starts) for the Spinners.
Weatherby was added to the Augusta playoff roster as bullpen insurance and is not expected to see much action in the postseason.
SS Kenny Perez is still nursing a strained right elbow, which will limit him to designated hitter duties, at least in the divisional series. Perez suffered the injury Aug. 27 in a game vs. Asheville while making a throw to first base. ... 3B Kevin Youkilis, who was promoted to Augusta from Lowell last week after finishing eighth in the New York-Penn League with a .317 average, is batting .167 in his first five games with the Jackets. ... All GreenJackets playoff games (home and away) will be broadcast live by play-by-play man Nate Wilks on WRDW-AM 1630. The broadcast can be heard beginning at 6:45 p.m. tonight and at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. ... The Jackets are the only Red Sox farm club to make the postseason.
$8 box, $7 reserved, $6 general admission, $5 senior citizens/active military with I.D./children 4-12, $3 children 3 and under.
SAL Divisional Playoffs
Antron Seiber - LF
Will Smith - RF
Melvin Dorta - 2B
Dustin Brisson - 1B
Kevin Youkilis - 3B
Kenny Perez - DH
Rick Asadoorian - CF
Brian Esposito - C
Raul Nieves - SS
Rene Miniel - P
- Compiled by Rob Mueller