Saturday May 30, 2009
Lexington, KY – For the second night in a row, pitching is the name of the game at Applebee’s Park. Last night it was Eric Surkamp and tonight it was Kyle Nicholson, who dominated the Lexington Legends all night long as the Augusta GreenJackets won their fourth straight – a 4-1 decision over the Legends on Saturday night.
Nicholson (4-4) threw his second complete game of the season and first of the nine-inning variety, allowing just three hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Freddie Hernandez’s fifth inning home run over the fence in right was the only run off Nicholson all night. Nicholson picked off a runner and had two double plays behind him, including a bizarre game-ending double play where the runner sliding into second was called for baserunner’s interference, allowing the hitter to be ruled out to end the game.
The GreenJackets hitters provided plenty of help with the bats, staking Nicholson to an early lead of Juan Perez’s first inning RBI single. James Simmons drove in two more in the fourth with a hit through the right side and scored on an overthrow of first when Matt Klimas tried to reach on a bunt with two outs.
Klimas drove in a run with a single in the sixth and the Jackets added two more in the seventh on Vladimir Frias’s triple and a sacrifice fly from Josh Mazzola. Frias finished 2-3 and Simmons recorded a three-hit night.
The Jackets chased Jordan Lyles in the sixth after a 5.2 inning effort. Lyles (2-5) allowed five runs – four earned – on nine hits with a walk and four strikeouts in the loss.