Early runs and great relief pitching lifts the GreenJackets past Asheville

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

NORTH AUGUSTA, SOUTH CAROLINA--For the 2nd consecutive night, the Augusta GreenJackets (39-35, 3-3) scored in the 1st inning and rolled to a 4-2 win over the Asheville Tourists (31-45, 2-4). The Jackets take the series and will look to come back tomorrow and earn a series sweep.

The GreenJackets offense came out swinging in the 1st inning for the 2nd consecutive night. After Shane Matheny had a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0 GreenJackets, it was Frankie Tostado with a two-run home run to extend the Augusta lead to 3-0. It was Tostado’s 11th home run of 2019.

With the Jackets leading 3-0, they tacked on another run in the 2nd inning. This time it was Mikey Edie who picked up the RBI on a double and the Jackets had a 4-0 advantage. Asheville had a response off GreenJackets starter Gregory Santos in the 3rd inning on a passed ball. It was the only run he allowed, and it was unearned as the right-hander tossed four-innings of baseball.

With the Jackets leading 4-1, Asheville added a run in the 6th when Grant Lavigne hit into a fielder’s choice to cut the Jackets lead to 4-2. Jesus Tona came out of the GreenJackets bullpen and got the last six outs to earn his 12 save of the season for the Jackets.