The Augusta GreenJackets sent Joe Martinez to the mound with a mission in Game 1. Mission accomplished. The rest of the team didn’t come through, however.
Martinez outpitched one of the Blueclaws’ top pitcher, Joshua Outman, but the GreenJackets didn’t manage to back Martinez up in a close 2-1 battle. Augusta falls behind 1-0 in the 5 game series.
Martinez gave up just 1 run, 2 hits and 3 walks while striking out 8 through 7 innings. Outman also went 7, giving up the one run, 4 hits, 3 walks and just striking out 6. Outman, however, managed the win as Augusta reliever Taylor Wilding gave up the winning run in the top of the 8th while Outman was still the pitcher of record.
Wilding gave up a one out single to Avelino Asprilla. A groundball to second hit by Mike Spidale did not get the runner at second, but did get an out at first, so Wilding intentionally walked top hitter Jeremy Slaydon with two out. But Clay Harris singled to center to score Asprilla for the winning run.
Lakewood got its first run in the second inning, after Martinez walked Harris to lead off the inning. A single put runners on first and second, and then a fielding error by shortstop Brian Bocock allowed the bases to be loaded. Lou Marson then grounded into a force out to score Harris.
Augusta answered in the 5th with a Bocock single with one out. Bocock moved to second on a ground out, and Antoan Richardson singled to score Bocock.
Augusta’s anticipated speed on the basepaths did not materialize, as there was only one attempted stolen base, which was only a technicality as catcher Barry Gunther was picked off. Between Augusta’s four vaunted base stealers, they only got on base 3 times (2 singles and 1 walk), and two of those opportunities came with two outs and few chances to take advantage.Game 2 will be in Augusta at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The GreenJackets are expected to send Ronnie Ray (8-6, 3.53 ERA in the regular season) to the mound. The Blueclaws are expected to counter with Carlos Carrasco (12-6, 2.26 ERA in the regular season).
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