Thursday July 16, 2009
Augusta, GA – Trailing by six runs in the bottom of the third, the Augusta GreenJackets never gave up – scoring nine unanswered runs and picking up a series sweep of the West Virginia Power with a 9-7 win on Thursday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Francisco Peguero had hits in his first three at-bats while three other Jackets had multi-hit games. After West Virginia took the lead early by scoring three runs each in the second and third innings to chase starter Ari Ronick, the GreenJackets went to work. They would send eight to the plate in the third, seven in the fourth and ten in the fifth to plate nine runs.
The comeback began with Ehire Adrianza’s RBI single in the third to extend his consecutive games on-base streak to 26 games. Andy D’Alessio knocked in another to cut the deficit to four, but the Jackets still stranded the bases full with one out in the third inning.
Vladimir Frias singled in a run in the fourth and Josh Mazzola’s sacrifice fly halved the lead again, but the real GreenJackets fireworks wouldn’t come until the fourth. After Jose Flores’ walk to open the inning, Mike Loberg’s fourth home run of the year – a two-run, no doubt blast over the right field fence – tied the contest at six. With men at the corners, Peguero’s groundout gave the Jackets a one-run lead. The lead grew when a run scored on a fielder’s choice grounded into by Adrianza and Augusta added yet another on D’Alessio’s second RBI single of the night.