Jackets Do It Again, A Win Away From Title

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Tuesday Sept 9, 2008
Augusta, GA – The Augusta GreenJackets (2-0) rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to take Game 2 from the West Virginia Power (0-2) on Tuesday night, 5-1. Starter Madison Bumgarner recorded the win and Angel Villalona capped the rally with a two-run homer.

Augusta trailed 1-0 heading into the sixth inning but Shane Jordan sparked the rally with a one-out single to chase starter Dan Merklinger from the game. Jordan promptly stole second base then scored when Nick Noonan followed with an RBI single up the middle to tie the game at 1-1.

With two outs in the frame Dayton Buller blooped a ball into short right-field that fell for a hit allowing Noonan to score all the way from first base with the hit and run on. Villalona followed with a two-run homer to left swinging at the first pitch he saw, his first homer of the playoffs.

Bumgarner (2-0) worked six plus innings allowing one unearned run on four hits. The lefty walked two and struck out six in his final start of the 2008 season. Mitch Lively worked the final three innings perfect striking out three for the save.

Augusta added a run in the seventh inning on a one-out RBI single from Dom Dugan scoring Simmons for a 5-1 lead.

The Power scored the first run of the game in the fourth inning on a passed ball. Logan Schafer led off the fourth with a base hit then two batters later Steffan Wilson doubled down the left field line with one out to put runners on first and second. Bumgarner’s first pitch after the double was ruled a passed ball as it got past catcher Dayton Buller allowing Shafer to score.