Wednesday Aug. 12, 2009
Eastlake, OH – After sitting on the bench for the first eight innings of Wednesday’s game between the Augusta GreenJackets and Lake County Captains, Mike Loberg delivered late for the Jackets. His two-run double over Delvi Cid’s head in centerfield scored two runs to give the Jackets a 4-3 lead and eventually their second win in a row over Lake County.
The ninth began with a Juan Perez single and Ehire Adrianza walk for the GreenJackets. After Matt Klimas bunted the runners over, Loberg came through in a pinch-hitting role to give the GreenJackets the lead in what was a see-saw game that developed out of a pitchers’ duel.
Augusta’s Ari Ronick traded zeroes with Lake County reliever Chris Jones until the seventh inning. Ronick had retired 18 of 19 hitters and hadn’t allowed a single since the first when Chris Nash singled with two outs. On the very next pitch, John Allman drilled a two-run home run to right-center and at the blink of an eye, Lake County led 3-2.
The Captains scored in the first inning for the third straight game, getting the RBI single by Nate Recknagel. That hit was the lone hit allowed by Ronick until the seventh. Augusta tied the game on a run-scoring groundout from Ehire Adrianza and took the lead at 2-1 on a wild pitch by Captains’ starter Nick Hagadone, who threw just 2.2 innings as a result of a strict pitch count while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
Jones stymied the GreenJackets hitters in his 5.1 inning stint, tossing four-hit shutout baseball while walking one and striking out seven. Ronick threw seven innings and allowed three runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts. Neither man figured in the decision thanks to the late-inning shenanigans.