Offense breaks out to beat Kannapolis 8-1

KANNAPOLIS, NORTH CAROLINA: The Augusta GreenJackets (37-34, 1-2) walked nine times and the offense collected eight hits as they beat the Kannapolis Intimidators (30-41, 2-1) on Saturday evening by a final score of 8-1. Luis Amaya and Jesus Tona combined for 4.1-innings of no-hit baseball out of the GreenJackets bullpen.

After Jacob Gonzalez had a two-hit game on Friday, he brought his hot-bat with him into Saturday. The GreenJackets loaded the bases with only one out in the 1st inning. Gonzalez drilled a single back up-the-middle, and the GreenJackets took a 2-0 lead.

Seth Corry did not allow a run through the first four-innings, and it looked like he was on the verge of going five frames of shutout baseball. With runners on 2nd and 3rd base for Kannapolis, Corry struckout Bryce Bush, but it was a dropped 3rd strike. Angulo needed to make a throw to 1st to complete the strikeout. His throw to 1st base hit off the back of Bush and it allowed Amado Nunez to score from 3rd base, making it just a 2-1 GreenJackets lead.

Corry ended his night after 4.2 innings and he allows just one-run while striking-out seven. Luis Amaya came in and got the final out in the 5th for the Jackets.

The Kannapolis pitching staff continued to have command issues. A two-out walk to Nico Giarratano in the 6th inning allowed Jose Layer to bat. Layer belted his 2nd home run of the season to make it a 4-1 Jackets lead. It was the first home run for Layer since April 6th in Asheville.

The GreenJackets offense poured it on in the 9th inning. Two, two-RBI doubles from Zander Clarke and Nico Giarratano sealed it up, and the Jackets took home an 8-1 win. Amaya and Jesus Tona combined for 4.1 innings of no-hit baseball out of the Jackets bullpen and Amaya earned the win.