Tuesday April 28, 2009
Augusta, GA – The Augusta GreenJackets could not hang on to a late one-run lead, falling 3-2 in 10 innings to the Bowling Green Hot Rods in the first of a four-game series between the two clubs. The Jackets are now 0-3 in extra inning games this year and just 1-6 in one-run contests.
With one out in the tenth, Jason Tweedy worked a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Tweedy moved to third on a groundball to the left side of the infield and with two outs scored the winning run on Isais Velasquez’ seeing-eye single to deep shortstop.
The game shaped up as a pitchers’ duel between a pair of righties – Kyle Nicholson of the GreenJackets and Shane Dyer of the Hot Rods. Bowling Green got to Nicholson first though with a Mike Sheridan triple down the first base line to lead off the second inning. Sheridan scored on a groundout to give the Hot Rods the early lead.
Nicholson would settle down though, not allowing another hit after the triple until the sixth inning. His counterpart Dyer was just as masterful, twirling six scoreless innings of three-hit ball. He walked just two and struck out a pair.
When Dyer departed following the sixth, the GreenJackets wasted no time getting to the ‘Rods bullpen. With James Simmons at second and one out, Mike Loberg knocked an RBI single through the infield to tie the game. Loberg scored on a fielder’s choice to give Augusta a 2-1 lead in the seventh.
Nicholson held that lead into the eighth, when with one out he yielded a game-tying home run off the bat of Jason Corder into the left field bullpen to knot the game at two. In the top of the eighth, the Jackets had a chance to extend the lead with the bases full and one out, but could not get the needed insurance.