Columbia, SC: The Augusta GreenJackets 10-5 victory didn't come easy on a cold spring day in Columbia. The GreenJackets were down to the Fireflies for most of the afternoon.
The GreenJackets came into the 6th inning down 5-2 with little momentum. Then the rally started as the GreenJackets were able to cut into the lead with a fly ball single from Orlando Garcia that scored Manuel Geraldo. Then with the bases loaded later in the inning, Robert Calabrese tripled to clear the bases and make it a 6-5 GreenJackets lead.
In the 7th, the destruction continued as Jacob Gonzalez's double scored Heliot Ramos. Later in the inning, Garcia's double scored Geraldo and Gonzalez. After the inning, the GreenJackets were up 9-5 and had the game in hand.
The most notable performance by a GreenJacket came from Orlando Garcia who went 4-5 with 3 RBIs and 3 runs scored.
On the mound, Van Gurp took control out of the bullpen. In his three innings of work, he gave up no hits to the Fireflies batters.
The GreenJackets and Fireflies split the first series of the season 2-2.
Next for the GreenJackets is a three game series in Greensboro against the Grasshoppers. First pitch tomor-row night will take place at 7:00.
About the Augusta GreenJackets
The Augusta GreenJackets kick off the Inaugural Season at SRP Park on April 12th against the Lexington Legends (Kansas City Royals). SRP Park is the anchor piece of Riverside Village, a live, work, "playball" development which in-cludes apartment living, senior living, retail, restaurants, class "A" office space, and a Crowne Plaza Hotel and Confer-ence Center. To learn more and for a 360-degree view of SRP Park and Riverside Village, visit www.greenjackets2018.com.
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