Tuesday June 9, 2009
CHARLESTON, SC – For the second straight start Mike Loree kept an offense guessing and second guessing, shutting down the Charleston RiverDogs for seven innings in a 2-0 Augusta GreenJackets win in the opener of a six-game road trip. The Jackets have now won four in a row to pull within a game of the .500 mark.
Loree (3-4) gave up just three hits in his seven shutout frames with two walks and six strikeouts to pick up his second win in a row. With the results of his last start, Loree has now been unscored upon in his last 14 innings of work.
The Jackets scored early when Juan Perez reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and scored on Ehire Adrianza’s single to take a second-inning lead. Loree kept the ‘Dogs at bay until Augusta could add another in the sixth when Josh Mazzola’s RBI double brought home Ben Woodbury to stretch the lead to 2-0 but could manage no further insurance. Augusta left four runners aboard over the final four innings.
Charleston’s Hector Noesi – a 2009 All-Star – did his best to keep the RiverDogs in the game through eight-plus innings. Noesi (2-3) allowed both runs in the contest on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
Augusta’s bullpen was solid as a rock, firing two scoreless frames in relief of Loree. Chris Wilson, in his first game since May 15th due to a stay on the disabled list following an appendectomy, struck out the side in the eighth in his return to the Jackets pitching staff. New closer Edwin Quirarte pitched a perfect ninth for his first save of the season, leaving the league’s home run leader Melky Mesa in the on-deck circle.