Greenville, SC - Devin Harris saved a flatlining Augusta GreenJackets ballclub from certain defeat with two outs in the seventh and final inning of regulation in Greenville on Tuesday afternoon. His three-run homer put the GreenJackets back on top in a 6-5 win over the Greenville Drive in game one of a day-night doubleheader.
With the GreenJackets down to their final out, Jose Flores drilled a two-strike pitch to right-center for a double. Brett Krill was hit by a pitch to bring Harris to the plate as the go-ahead run. Harris drilled a 1-0 offering from Dylan Chavez (0-2) over the left-field fence for a three-run homer - Harris's fifth of the year - to put the GreenJackets on top 6-5.
Andrew Berger came on to protect the lead in the seventh inning and retired three of the four he faced - leaving the tying run at third base - to earn his first save of the year.
Augusta took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on Garrett Buechele's solo home run and added to it in the fifth on a two-run single from Krill to take a 3-0 lead with nine outs to go. The Drive got on the board in the fifth on Nick Natoli's single and took the lead with a four-run sixth inning.
With runners at second and third and no one out in the sixth, Henry Ramos grounded out to bring in a run and pull the Drive to within one. After a strikeout yielded the second out of the inning, Boss Moanaroa walked to put runners at the corners against Kyle Vazquez (5-3). Blake Swihart's pinch-hit, RBI single tied the game at three. Natoli followed with a two-run double to give the Drive a 5-3 lead that looked insurmountable with three outs to play - especially after Chavez got the first two outs of the seventh and went up 0-2 on Flores. The Augusta rally provided the GreenJackets their league-leading 28th one-run win of the season and second on this road trip.
Neither starter went beyond four innings as both Kevin Couture for the GreenJackets and Kyle Kraus for the Drive provided four innings in spot starts. Couture allowed just two hits in his start, retiring 12 of the 14 hitters he faced.
The GreenJackets are now 5-1 on their current eight-game road trip and have won five straight - a new season-high. The second game of the day-night doubleheader comes later this evening with Kyle Crick (6-6, 2.34) taking the mound against Greenville's Jason Garcia (6-5, 6.08). First pitch of game two from Greenville comes at 7:05 p.m. with radio coverage beginning at 6:50 p.m. on ESPN Radio 1340 AM and www.greenjacketsbaseball.com.
The GreenJackets return home for the season's final Thirsty Thursday on Thursday August 23rd as they open a four-game series with the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Single-game tickets for any GreenJackets home game are currently available by calling the GreenJackets front office at 706-922-WINS and online at www.greenjacketsbaseball.com.