The Augusta GreenJackets hit into three double plays and only pushed two runners into scoring position in a 3-0 loss against the Lake County Captains from Classic Park on Thursday night.
Starting pitchers Andrew Reichard and TJ McFarland tossed zero after zero on the scoreboard until the sixth inning when Lake County's Donnie Webb homered on Reichard's second offering of the inning to give the Captains a 1-0 lead. Both teams benefited from great defense to kill rallies in the early innings.
The Captains added two more in the eighth when the GreenJackets left home plate unattended on a sacrifice bunt attempt and on Chris Nash's RBI single to stretch their lead to three runs.
Lake County would need no more after solid pitching all night long, first from McFarland and then from Francisco Jimenez. McFarland (7-4) got his first win in three starts with six shutout innings of three-hit baseball, striking out two and walking one. Jimenez got his first save of the season after firing three innings of two-hit baseball with three strikeouts, including a three-pitch strikeout of Francisco Peguero to end the game.
Augusta managed to get just one leadoff man aboard all night long and only stranded three because of the three double plays turned by the Lake County middle infield. Captains pitchers walked just one GreenJacket all night - a far cry from the two previous games in which they walked 12 hitters combined.
With the Captains headed to the Midwest League in 2010 with the Bowling Green Hot Rods, Thursday's game was the final meeting ever between the GreenJackets and Captains. The two teams split this four-game series at two apiece.
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