Mazzola's late homer gives Jackets the win

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Thursday June 11, 2009

Charleston, SC – The Augusta GreenJackets survived a lengthy rain delay and two bench clearing incidents in the ninth inning to pull off a wild, wooly 5-4 win over the first place Charleston RiverDogs, taking two of three from the ‘Dogs.

Josh Mazzola’s two-run home run in the seventh inning on a 2-2 pitch from Cory Arbiso (1-5) gave the GreenJackets their only lead of the game on what would be their last base hit.

The Jackets fell behind 4-0 through two innings thanks largely to four Augusta errors. Their comeback began in the third when the GreenJackets loaded the bases for Juan Perez. The All-Star delivered a two-run single to cut Charleston’s lead in half. An inning later, Vladimir Frias singled with two outs and stole second. Ben Woodbury’s RBI single scored Frias to pull the Jackets to within a run.

With Perez at bat in the fifth, heavy winds sent the fans scurrying for cover at Joseph P. Riley Park. After Perez’s groundout, the winds and threat of severe weather delayed the game for an hour and 40 minutes until it resumed at 10:10 p.m.

When play resumed Kyle Woodruff kept the Charleston bats at bay until the GreenJackets bats could dent the scoreboard. Woodruff (1-0) tossed three scoreless innings of three-hit baseball with a pair of strikeouts. The Jackets threatened in the sixth, stranding a pair of runners before Mazzola’s blast gave the Jackets the lead in the seventh.

In the ninth, benches and bullpens cleared after the second out when Taylor Grote slid hard into Vladimir Frias at second base. Umpires and coaches quickly restored order. After Jose Pirela bounced out to end the game, he had words with first baseman Mike Loberg and umpires again had to work with both coaching staffs to separate the teams.

Edwin Quirarte threw two scoreless innings of one-hit baseball to pick up his second save of the season. He walked one and struck out one.

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