GreenJackets rally twice for 9-7 victory

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Saturday, May 2, 2009/

Down 6-0 after a six-run Lexington Legends second inning, the Augusta GreenJackets once again showed resiliency by rallying to tie the game and then rallying again for the lead, pulling out a wild 9-7 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 4.444 at Lake Olmstead Stadium Saturday night.

Eric Surkamp gave up six runs in the second on two home runs - Phil Disher's two-run shot and Albert Cartwright's three-run blast - and a single off the bat of Jay Austin. Otherwise, Surkamp pitched well, yielding ten hits to go with the six runs allowed in five innings, with seven of those hits coming in the second. Surkamp didn't walk a hitter and struck out eight, one off his career-high.

Augusta came from behind to score six unanswered runs. The comeback started with two outs in the fifth when Johnny Monell hit a double and scored on Juan Perez's triple. James Simmons stepped up and drilled his first home run of the season on the first pitch of the at-bat from righty Jordan Lyles to cut the Lexington lead in half.

A 35-minute rain delay followed the sixth inning and once the rain stopped, the GreenJackets' bats resumed their work. With one out and two on in the seventh, Ehire Adrianza's double added another for Augusta. With two outs, James Simmons scored on a wild pitch, advancing Adrianza to third. Josh Mazzola's RBI single to center scored Adrianza to tie the game at six.

An unearned run in the eighth gave the lead right back, as two errors put two on for the Legends and with two outs, Disher's RBI single put the Legends back on top.

The GreenJackets were not done, rallying a second time on a night following a long bus ride back from Bowling Green, Kentucky. With one out, Monell singled and pinch runner Ben Woodbury stole second for his first steal of the season. Juan Perez belted a double to right to plate Woodbury and tie the game. James Simmons followed with an RBI single to give Augusta the lead. Dom Duggan bunted with two outs and reached on an error by pitcher Jack Tilghman, which scored Simmons for insurance.

Daniel Runzler struck out the side in the ninth for his third save of the season. Eric Stolp (1-1) picked up the win for Augusta after allowing a hit and a walk in a third of an inning. Jack Tilghman (1-2) took the loss allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits in an inning of relief.

The sellout crowd was the fifth of the season in just ten home dates for the GreenJackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium in 2009.