Tostado, Parra help Jackets slug way to series opening win

Frankie Tostado and Jeffry Parra each hit home runs to help defeat Columbia 3-2 on Tuesday night

By Rylan Kobre / Augusta GreenJackets | May 14, 2019 10:17 PM

North Augusta, SC: Keaton Winn gave the GreenJackets six-innings on the mound, allowing two runs, and Jesus Ozoria went three scoreless out of the bullpen to beat the Columbia Fireflies (13-25) by a final of 3-2 on Tuesday.

 

The games 1st run came in the 3rd inning. Columbia's Ronny Mauricio singled into left field to score Wagner Lagrange and the Fireflies had the early lead at 1-0.

Willy Taveras retired the first ten that he faced, but in the 4th inning, the Jackets offense got on the board. After a double for Shane Matheny, later in the inning, with two outs, Frankie Tostado hit his 6th home run of the season and put the GreenJackets in front at 2-1.

Columbia responded off Winn in the 5th inning, when Wagner Lagrange doubled and scored Gerson Molina to tie the game at two. In the 5th inning, Jeffry Parra hit a home run for the 2nd consecutive game. His solo shot helped the GreenJackets retake the lead at 3-2.

Keaton Winn goes six innings on the mound, allowing two runs and collecting four strikeouts. The six innings were the most Winn has gone in an outing for his career.

Jesus Ozoria came on and did not allow a run in three frames out of the bullpen. Winn ends up the winning pitcher, his 2nd victory of the season, while Taveras gets the loss for Columbia.

Player of the Game: Frankie Tostado, 1-4, HR, 2 RBI

Tostado's home run in the 4th inning was a big one. His 6th of the year helped the GreenJackets take the lead as Tostado hit it out to right field.

Tomorrow's Game:  7:05 PM vs Columbia , SRP Park, North Augusta, South Carolina

Pitching Matchup: (COL) RHP Colin Holderman (2-0, 1.74 ERA) (AUG) RHP Blake Rivera (1-1, 4.32 ERA)

 

The 2nd game of the series features a matchup of two right-handers. Blake Rivera takes the mound for the Jackets. In his last start, he struck out the side in West Virginia in the 1st inning. The former 4th round pick struggled after that. He was only able to go 3.1 innings, his 2nd shortest outing of the season, and he allowed four runs, while three were earned. Rivera showed off his swing-and-miss repertoire of pitches though with seven strikeouts. He is ranked as the #18 Prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization coming into 2019 according to MLB.com.

 

Columbia's Colin Holderman, a 9th round pick in 2016 by the New York Mets, will make the start for Columbia. It will be his 3rd start of the season, after he earned wins in his first two appearances. Opponents are hitting just .176 against Holderman this year. He has a career ERA of 4.23 in the minor leagues.

 

 

About the Augusta GreenJackets

SRP Park is the anchor piece of Riverside Village, a live, work, "playball" development which includes apartment living, senior living, retail, restaurants, class "A" office space, and a Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center. To learn more about SRP Park and hosting events and availability, visit www.thesrppark.com.

 

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