Originally created 06/26/02

Jackets defeat Sand Gnats 1-0



SAVANNAH, Ga. - Savannah managed just two hits off three Augusta pitchers, and the Sand Gnats stranded nine base runners, including five in scoring position as they fell 1-0 to the Augusta GreenJackets on Tuesday night.

"Not getting any timely hits was the key," Savannah manager Paul Carey said. "It's not very often when a team walks eight times and doesn't score a run."

The offensive drought spoiled good outings by Savannah hurlers Kelvin Jimenez and Cesar Herrera. They combined to limit Augusta to five hits, but Jimenez control problems allowed Kris Coffey to score the deciding run in the third inning.

Coffey reached on a fielder's choice. But with two outs, Jimenez (3-7) walked the next three batters to score him.

Only three more Augusta (2-4) batters reached base.

Jason Bourgeois was Savannah's biggest star Tuesday night. He had the first of the team's two hits, a double in the fifth inning, and also laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt.

By this weekend, he might have to make an adjustment. The Texas Rangers, Savannah's parent ball club, is close to signing first-round draft pick Drew Meyer. Meyer, a shortstop out of the University of South Carolina, is expected to be assigned to the Gnats and could join the team as early as tonight.