Originally created 04/28/04

GreenJackets are set to win three in a row



When the GreenJackets play Charleston tonight, they will be trying to achieve something they haven't done all season: Win three games in a row.

The GreenJackets took the final two of their four-game series against the Kannapolis Intimidators to improve to 5-14 on the season. The GreenJackets and the RiverDogs face off at 7:15 p.m. at Lake Olmstead Stadium for a three-game series. The Savannah Sand Gnats come to town Saturday for four games.

Charleston (10-8) and Savannah (9-9) sit a game apart in fourth and fifth place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division. The GreenJackets are a half-game out of last place in the same division.

Charleston's roster features the top player in last year's amateur draft - Delmon Young - the younger brother of the Detroit Tigers' Dmitri Young. Delmon Young is batting .236 with two home runs and 10 RBI in his first full professional season.

The GreenJackets are coming into tonight's game after a 3-1 win on the road against Kannapolis on Tuesday afternoon. Jarrett Gardner picked up his second win of the season after giving up one run on four hits in five innings. Jeff Ontiveros led Augusta, going 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI. Argimiro Guanchez pitched two scoreless innings for his first save.

Augusta snapped a five-game losing streak with its 10-7 win Monday against the Intimidators. It was just the second time this season the GreenJackets reached double digits in runs scored.

Mickey Hall only had one hit in four at bats for Augusta, but it was a three-run homer in the eighth that gave the GreenJackets a 6-1 lead. They added four more runs in the ninth and almost needed all of them. Reliever Barry Hertzler gave up four runs on five hits in one-third of an inning in the ninth before Chris Farley retired the next two batters to earn his first save.

Jose Vaquedano (1-1) allowed five hits and an unearned run while striking out six for the GreenJackets. Brian Miller (1-2) gave up three runs on seven hits and struck out six in the loss.

The GreenJackets are 1-6 at home this season and have lost their past six games at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

They got swept in their last home series by Columbus.

Charleston is 4-3 on the road and Savannah is 2-2 away from home.

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

WHEN: Wednesday-Friday at 7:15 p.m.

WHERE: Lake Olmstead Stadium

TICKETS: You can buy tickets at the gate or by calling (706) 736-7889 or going to tixonline.com.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The GreenJackets are looking for their third win in a row, while trying to snap a six-game home losing streak. ... The RiverDogs feature outfielder Delmon Young, last year's No. 1 pick in baseball's amateur draft.

WHEN: Saturday at 7:15 p.m., Sunday at 2:15 p.m., Monday-Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

WHERE: Lake Olmstead Stadium

TICKETS: You can buy tickets at the gate or by calling (706) 736-7889 or going to tixonline.com.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Savannah was 9-9 going into Tuesday's game and had won its past two games. ... Outfielder Antonio Sucre leads the Sand Gnats' offense, batting .304 with three triples, a homer and six RBI.