Originally created 04/15/04

Fast start not enough for Jackets



Asheville catcher Neil Wilson didn't start too well against the GreenJackets on Wednesday at Lake Olmstead Stadium. Wilson made an errant throw on a steal attempt by Ignacio Suarez in the first inning, and Suarez would eventually score for an early Augusta lead.

But Wilson made up for it in the eighth inning with the score tied at 3-3. He singled up the middle to score Joe Gaetti and give the Tourists a 4-3 lead, which they held onto to win the game and the series with the GreenJackets, two games to one.

The game continued to go back and forth, with neither team gaining more than a one-run advantage. And for the first time so far in their season-opening homestand, the GreenJackets (2-5) recorded a hit and scored a run before the fourth inning.

"I thought we had better approaches (at the plate)," GreenJackets manager Chad Epperson said.

In the first inning Wednesday, Suarez led off with a walk and stole second. Wilson's throw sailed over everyone at second and Suarez advanced to third. He gave the GreenJackets a 1-0 lead by scoring on an RBI groundout by Dirimo Chavez. Scott White picked up Augusta's first hit one batter later with a shot to right-center field.

But the GreenJackets couldn't get enough hits in a row and stranded four runners in scoring position.

"It's going to come," Epperson said. "We're capable. Right now we're not getting that one hit."

Reach Kristy Shonka at (706) 823-3219 or kristy.shonka@augustachronicle.com.