Augusta Loses in 13; Pushed to the Brink

The big worry for the GreenJackets was that the starters wouldn't be able to keep up with Lakewood's big three starters. The reality is that the problem has been in the later stages of the games. Augusta lost another close one, 2-1, and now are down 2-0 in the five game series.

Once again, the Augusta GreenJackets starting pitcher put up comparable, if not better, numbers than his higher-touted equivalent on the Lakewood Blueclaws side.  And once again, Augusta couldn’t take advantage.

In a 13 inning marathon, Lakewood prevailed with a home run and defeated Augusta 2-1.  The loss puts Augusta in the unthinkable position of having to win 3 games in a row on the road to take the championship back to Georgia.

Lakewood’s John Urick homered to lead off the 13th against Osiris Matos, and was only Lakewood’s 5th hit of the game.  But it stood up, as the bottom of the ninth was started by a Brian Bocock single and then the rally died as Eugenio Velez lined into an unassisted double play at first.

The loss overshadowed yet another bigtime performance by Augusta’s pitching.  Starter Ronnie Ray went 6 innings, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6.  Lakewood’s highly touted Carlos Carrasco was out after 5, also giving up just 1 run but on 8 hits and a walk while striking out 4.

Augusta reliever David Quinowski pitched 3 innings of 1 hit ball in relief, and Osiris Matos had pitched three innings and given up just 1 walk before going into his 4th inning of work, in which he gave up the home run.

The outing was Matos’ longest of the season.  He’d only gone 3 innings twice in the season before this game.

The GreenJackets must now travel to New Jersey to attempt the comeback.  Game 3 will take place Thursday at 7:05 ET.

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