Greenjackets rally but lose 5-4

By: Staff Reports
By: Staff Reports

Tuesday, April 21, 2009.

The Augusta GreenJackets clawed back from an early 4-0 deficit against the Rome Braves only to fall 5-4 after allowing an unearned run in the seventh inning. The Braves sweep the 'Jackets with the win, leaving Augusta still in search of its first home win.

Rome's Joel Campusano led off the seventh by being hit on the left wrist by an Eric Stolp pitch. Campusano advanced to second on a single and scored when Juan Perez's throw to CJ Ziegler was wide of first when Perez attempted to complete a double play with two on and one out, giving Rome a 5-4 lead they wouldn't lose.

The Braves jumped out to an early lead on Augusta starter Aaron King. Luis Sumoza hit a two-out triple and scored on a passed ball with Gerry Rodriguez at the plate. Rome tacked on three more in the third on an RBI single by Jesus Sucre and a double off the bat of CJ Lee to score two more.

The GreenJackets sprang to action in the bottom of the second. Josh Mazzola drilled the first offering of the inning from Rome starter Jacob Thompson over the fence in right center to put Augusta on the board. Then in the fifth, Matt Klimas led off the frame with a double and scored when James Simmons drove him in with his first of two hits on the day. Simmons would come around on Mazzola's single to make it a one-run ballgame.

Klimas was again at the forefront for the GreenJackets when it came time to tie. After Wendell Fairley's one-out walk, Klimas dribbled a triple down the left field line into the corner to score Fairley from first and tie the game at four. It would be a short-lived tie though as a result of Rome's unearned run a half-inning later, the result of one of four GreenJackets errors on the night.

With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Mazzola grounded into a double play to end the game.


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