Greenjackets win 8-7 thiriller to end 7-game losing streak

By: Staff Reports
By: Staff Reports

The 2009 GreenJackets proved that resiliency is their best attribute on Thursday night with a see-saw 8-7 win over the Charleston RiverDogs. Not only is the win their first after seven straight losses, but the GreenJackets also displayed heart by coming back to win after twice losing leads. All of this comes in a homestand where the Jackets lost two games by ten or more runs.

Ehire Adrianza walked to lead off the eighth inning of a 6-6 ballgame and advanced 90 feet on Dom Duggan's single. Ryan Lormand's bunt to move both runners over was excellent and third baseman Mike Lyon's rushed throw to first drilled the speedy Lormand right in the numbers on his uniform back, allowing Adrianza to score with the go-ahead run. Mike Loberg's sacrifice fly added the needed insurance and provided a lead Augusta wouldn't lose.

Johnny Monell started things off for the GreenJackets in the second, smashing a fastball over the right-centerfield fence to give Augusta an early lead. Adrianza singled to bring in another and a third run scored when Charleston starter David Phelps bobbled a comebacker off the bat of Lormand. Charlie Culberson's sacrifice fly in the third pushed the lead to four.

GreenJacket starter Ari Ronick was cruising until he ran into trouble in the fifth. With one out, three straight hits produced a run thanks to Dan Brewer's RBI single, plating a pair. After the second out, a walk and an error extended the inning, the later of which scored the third Charleston run. Taylor Grote smashed a bases-loaded single to left to score a pair. When left fielder Josh Mazzola lost the handle on the ball, Melky Mesa tried to score from first. However, Mazzola recovered in time to throw Mesa out at the plate and end the inning, but by that time the damage was done and Charleston led by a run.

Augusta retied the game at five in the sixth on Culberson's two-out triple. Culberson came around when RiverDogs shortstop Carmen Angelini couldn't handle James Simmons' groundball to give the Jackets a one-run lead. That evaporated when Brewer drilled a Chance Corgan offering over the left field wall in the seventh to knot the game at six.

With an 8-6 lead in the ninth, the GreenJackets first called on Chris Wilson to nail down the save. Brewer hit a leadoff double - his third hit of the night - and scored with one out on Brian Baisley's double. Manager Dave Machemer went to his bullpen again, this time calling on strikeout ace Daniel Runzler - the lone lefty in Augusta's 'pen. Runzler struck out Ray Kruml and Melky Mesa with the tying run at second to pick up his first save.

Andrew Reichard (1-1) earned the win with his scoreless eighth inning, allowing just one hit in the frame without a walk or a strikeout. Casey Erickson (1-1) took the loss after allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk in the eight. Erickson finished with one strikeout.


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