For the third-straight game, the Augusta GreenJackets struggled to put runs on the board. After dropping 4-1 to the Charleston RiverDogs on Thursday night and 2-0 on Friday in Augusta, the GreenJackets (46-39) scored just one run during their 8-1 loss to the Savannah Sand Gnats (51-36) Tuesday at Historic Grayson Stadium.
The GreenJackets lone run of the game came in the top of the eight. Second baseman Trevor Brown led off the inning with a double to left field and then advanced to second when shortstop Matt Duffy hit a single through the left side. Brown finally plated a run for Augusta when catcher Ben Turner hit into a double play.
While the GreenJackets only scored one run, they had plenty of opportunities to cut the Sand Gnats' lead. In the seventh and the eighth inning, Augusta loaded the bases with two outs only to strand all three runners both times. The GreenJackets left a total of 10 runners on base.
Augusta even showed signs of trouble on the mound Tuesday night. Joe Biagini (6-3) got the start on the mound for the GreenJackets. But after the first inning, Biagini had already thrown 30 pitches while giving up two hits and three runs.
Biagini finished the night with eight hits, five runs, three walks and three strikeouts in his four innings of work to bring his ERA up to 4.46.
Relieving Biagini in the fifth was Justin Schumer. Schumer, who was scheduled to be the GreenJackets start for Wednesday's contest, made his fifth relief appearance of the season. The right-hander finished the night with three hits, one run, one walk and two strikeouts in two innings of work.
Ian Gardeck entered the game in the seventh where he pitched a scoreless, hitless inning while striking out two batters. Then closer Tyler Mizenko relieved Gardeck in the eighth inning. Mizenko who had only given up three runs prior to Tuesday, allowed two hits and two runs in his single inning of work. Still, Mizenko struck out two batters and has an impressive 1.25 ERA.
The GreenJackets are now 8-7 in the second half of the season. They sit in third place behind the Lexington Legends and the Greenville Drive and are 2.5 games out of first.
Augusta will continue its three-game series against Savannah tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Kendry Flores is expected to get the start for the GreenJackets while Marcos Camarena will take the mound for the Sand Gnats.