Wednesday Sept 3, 2008
Augusta, GA – The Augusta GreenJackets (1-0) opened up the 2008 playoffs with a 1-0 win over the Asheville Tourists (0-1) on Wednesday night. Madison Bumgarner worked eight shutout innings and Augusta scratched out one run in a match up of the two best pitchers in the South Atlantic League.
The GreenJackets broke a scoreless tie in the in the sixth inning scoring a run without the benefit of a hit. With the bases loaded and one out Nick Noonan connected for an RBI sac-fly to left scoring James Simmons to give Augusta the 1-0 lead.
Simmons led off the inning with a walk then Andrew Davis followed with a bunt back to the pitcher Connor Graham. On the play Graham threw wide of second base for an error moving Simmons to third base. Shane Jordan followed with walk to load the bases up.
Bumgarner (1-0) worked eighth shutout innings striking out 10 in his first professional playoff game. The lefty allowed just three hits and did not walk a batter. Of the three hits Bumgarner allowed, all three runners were eventually picked off by Bumgarner.
Graham (0-1) was just as impressive allowing just one hit, two walks and striking out 10. The one run allowed was unearned and Graham began the game retiring 13 straight before Angel Villalona connected for an infield single, the only hit in the game for Augusta.
Andrew De La Garza recorded the save working a scoreless ninth inning allowing a two-out base hit. The GreenJackets will have an off day on Thursday then play Game 2 in Asheville, NC looking for the two game sweep in the best of three divisional series. Augusta will send left-hander Scott Barnes (3-2, 1.38) to the mound while Asheville will counter with right-hander Shane Lindsay (1-2, 5.55).