Scoring opportunities came and went tonight at Lake Olmstead Stadium. With the exception of a fourth-inning RBI single from Ehire Adrianza, the Augusta GreenJackets failed to take advantage in another 2-1 loss to the Lexington Legends.
For the second night in a row, the GreenJackets managed only one run. They stranded nine runners and went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position to fall to 7-16 in one-run games this season.
We did a very poor job of pitch selection at the plate, GreenJackets manager Dave Machemer said. Tonight we were not good. We had our chances, but we didnt do a very good job at all tonight.
GreenJackets starter Eric Surkamp added to his team-leading strikeout total by fanning seven batters over five innings pitched. He allowed a pair of runs in the first two innings, which was enough for his third loss of the season.
Lexington leadoff man Jay Austin, who won Wednesday nights game with the difference-making home run, started Thursdays contest with a triple to the gap in right-center field. He later scored on an RBI single from Steve Brown for an early Legends lead.
Surkamp gave up three hits, two infield singles, in the second inning to allow the second run. Freddie Hernandez led off with an infield dribbler to third base and scored on an RBI single off the bat of Jorge DeLeon.
Surkamp and relievers Justin Fitzgerald and Trey Webb shut out the Legends over the final seven innings, but the GreenJackets offense provided little run support.
Andy DAlessio, who entered the night with at least one hit in each of his past nine games, saw that streak come to an end with an 0 for 3 night. The cleanup hitter was a part of a top half of the GreenJackets lineup who combined for a 3 for 16 night.
It was a tough game, DAlessio said. The pitcher threw the ball well against us, and we werent able to get anything going. They did a good job of making pitches when they had to, and we didnt hit them.
Johnny Monell, also looking to extend his nine-game hit streak, didnt start but got a single when he came in a sub in the bottom of the ninth
Lexington 19-year-old starter Jordan Lyles, a supplemental pick out of last years draft, got the win after holding the GreenJackets to one run on four hits through six innings.
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