Kyle Jackson's performance through six innings looked good enough for him to finally pick up his first win. But a rough seventh and virtually no support gave Jackson his fifth loss as the Charleston Alley Cats beat the GreenJackets 5-1 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
The right-handed Jackson gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits, which for many teams would be good enough for a win. For the GreenJackets (9-21), however, that's not always the case.
Augusta managed just four hits and Ignacio Suarez's seventh-inning error started the Alley Cats' two-run inning.
Augusta and Charleston (23-8) were tied at 1-1 heading into the seventh inning, when Christian Snavely led off with a routine ground ball to Suarez at second. Suarez fielded it cleaning, but his throw to first pulled Peter Ciofrone off the base. Ciofrone tried to tag Snavely, and GreenJackets manager Chad Epperson argued with first-base umpire Justin Vogel that he had, but Vogel called Snavely safe.
Snavely stole second and scored the go-ahead run when Eric Arnold ripped a double off Jackson. William Rivera reached first and moved Arnold to third on a bunt that fell for a single. Jackson walked leadoff hitter Ryan Roberts to load the bases with no outs causing Epperson to pull Jackson for Barry Hertzler.
Hertzler struck out Brian Patrick for the first out, but gave up an infield single to Robinson Diaz that scored Arnold for a 3-1 lead.
Ramon Mora (3-1) cruised through his six innings for Charleston, giving up one run on three hits. The GreenJackets' lone run came in the fourth inning when Brandon Moss hit a one-out double and came around to score on a pair of wild pitches by Mora.
The eighth inning started smoothly for Hertzler, but after retiring the first two batters, the right-hander walked Snavely and gave up singles to Arnold and Rivera. The Alley Cats took a 4-1 lead when Hertzler walked Roberts with the bases loaded.
The GreenJackets finally got out No. 3 after Kevin Ool came in and got Patrick to ground into a fielder's choice.
Ool started the ninth much like Hertzler started the eighth, by retiring the first two batters. But he walked the next two batters and gave up an RBI single to Snavely. And again it was a fielder's choice that ended the inning.
The GreenJackets threatened in the bottom of the ninth when Ciofrone led off the inning with a double down the right-field line for Augusta's first hit since the sixth inning. But Jon de Vries popped up to first, Mickey Hall flew out to left and Zach Borowiak popped up to third to end the game.
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