Tuesday August 19, 2008
Kannapolis, NC – The Augusta GreenJackets (41-28, 39-18) opened a seven game road trip on Tuesday night against the Kannapolis Intimidators (31-39, 29-26) with a 10-4 win. Starter T.J. Brewer recorded the win and Thomas Neal’s grand-slam in the sixth inning put Augusta up for good.
The GreenJackets trailed 2-1 heading into the sixth inning but plated six runs on six hits for a 7-2 lead. The first three batters in the inning reached beginning with a bunt single from Shane Jordan, Nick Noonan reached on a base hit then Juan Ciriaco reached on an error to load the bases up. Neal came up next and swung at the first pitch he saw for his first grand-slam of the season over the left-field wall for a 5-2 lead.
The GreenJackets added two more runs in the frame on a one-out RBI double from Andrew Davis and a two-out RBI double from James Simmons.
Brewer (9-4) allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits over six innings for his third straight win. Brewer also walked two and struck out two.
Kannapolis got two more runs in the seventh inning off reliever Mitch Lively to pull within 7-4. Brent Morel scored on a fielding error and Eduardo Escobar connected for a two-out RBI single. Both runs were unearned on Lively.
Augusta scored three more times in the ninth inning to take a 10-4 lead. Jordan scored on a wild pitch and Angel Villalona had a two-run double with one out in the frame. David Mixon recorded his fourth save of the season working the final two shutout innings allowing two hits.
Kannapolis took the first lead of the game scoring in the in third inning. Justin Greene was hit by a pitch then on a pick-off attempt moved up to third on a throwing error from Brewer. On the same play with the ball coming back into the infield the throw from Nick Noonan was low into third allowing Greene to score for a 1-0 lead.