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Urick homer leaves Lakewood win from title09/12/2006 10:57 PM ET
By Michael Echan / Special to MLB.com
Just call him "Mr. September."
John Urick delivered another late-game, go-ahead run with a 13th-inning homer as visiting Lakewood bested Augusta, 2-1, in Game 2 of the South Atlantic League Championship Series.
Urick, who also smacked an RBI double in the second, gave the BlueClaws a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 series when he led off the 13th with a drive over the right-field wall.
Urick also drove in the go-ahead run in the opener in the previous playoff series with Lexington. His eighth-inning RBI gave Lakewood a 2-1 win last Wednesday.
"I've been going through some ups and downs this season, trying to get comfortable at the plate," Urick said. "Basically, I've been learning my swing [again]. I've relaxed my hands and I've tried to see the ball better, but the biggest thing is that I feel a lot more confident at the plate now."
The 24-year-old first baseman also made a spectacular play in the bottom of the inning to help preserve the lead. Brian Bocock was on first when Eugenio Velez scalded a pitch from Brett Harker down the first-base line. Urick snagged the liner for the first out before stepping on first to double up Bocock.
"I can't remember having a ball hit at me that hard before," Urick said. "That was definitely going to be an extra-base hit. The way Velez has been hitting, the only way we were going to get him out is if he hit it right at somebody, and we just lucked out."
Will Savage (2-0) picked up the victory after striking out three in three no-hit innings. After Urick's big defensive play, Harker got Michael Mooney to fly out for his third save of the postseason.
Lakewood starter Carlos Carrasco gave up a run on eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts over five innings.
Osiris Matos (0-1) took the loss after yielding a run on one hit and a walk with four strikeouts in four innings.
Antoan Richardson, Bocock and Velez stroked consecutive singles in the fifth to forge a 1-1 tie. Bocock and Velez collected three hits apiece for the GreenJackets, who will try to stave off elimination in Game 3 at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday at FirstEnergy Park.
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