North Augusta, SC: On Friday night, the GreenJackets (16-17) offense came out and took an early 3-0 lead. But the wheels fell off in the 4th inning when the GreenJackets committed two errors and West Virginia (20-13) took advantage for four runs. The Power scored one more in the 5th and it was enough to beat Augusta, 5-3.
After Ismael Munguia walked and stole 2nd base to begin the game for the Jackets, Diego Rincones singled into right field to score Munguia and lift the GreenJackets to an early 1-0 advantage. GreenJackets starting pitcher Blake Rivera struck out the side in the 1st inning for the Jackets.
The GreenJackets posted another run in the 2nd inning on an RBI double for Jose Layer and it was Frankie Tostado who came back in the 3rd inning with a sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 3-0.
After Rivera did not allow a hit in his first three innings, West Virginia got on the board in the 4th inning.
With Ryan Ramiz on 1st base, Rivera received a groundball on the mound off the bat of Bobby Honeyman and when he went to turn and throw to 2nd to begin the double play, Rivera tossed it into centerfield. Ramiz went to 3rd, and on the throw in from Layer in centerfield, he delivered it over his 3rd baseman and it allowed Honeyman to advance to 2nd.
A passed ball scored the 1st run making it just 3-1 GreenJackets. Then Charlie McConnell tripled to tie the score at three. After J.R. Davis doubled to give West Virginia a 4-3 lead, Rivera was pulled from the game.
Rivera finishes after 3.1 innings allowing four runs, while three were earned. He picked-up seven strikeouts while he walked six.
In the 5th inning, West Virginia tacked on another run, this time off J.J. Santa Cruz. An RBI double for Davis extended the lead to 5-3 West Virginia.
At the plate, the GreenJackets offense couldn't muster up any more runs and fell 5-3. The GreenJackets finish the year 2-5 against West Virginia.
Player of the Game: Jesus Tona, 3 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 SO
After Tona allowed three runs, his first runs of the season, in his last outing, he came back tonight and went a career high three innings of shutout baseball. He also struck out four.
Tomorrow's Game: 6:35 PM @ Whitaker Bank Ballpark, Lexington, Kentucky
Pitching Matchup: (AUG) RHP Jake Wong (2-1, 2.20 ERA) vs (LEX) RHP Jonathan Bowlan (1-2, 3.18 ERA)
Jake Wong and Jonathan Bowlan are familiar with one another. On April 30th at SRP Park in a 10:35 a.m. start time, the two each had no-hitters going in to the 6th inning. Wong ended up out-pitching Bowlan to earn his 2nd win of the year. After he went six innings of no-hit baseball against Lexington, Wong did the exact same thing in his last start against Hagerstown on May 5th, and earned himself the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week Award. Wong has not allowed a hit in his last 12 innings, and the last time he gave up a hit or a run came on April 24th at Hickory.
While Jonathan Bowlan received the loss at SRP Park on April 30th, he had a no-hitter through the first five innings before the GreenJackets ripped off four runs in the 6th, and Bowlan did not record an out as Lexington went to the bullpen in the 6th inning. The 2nd round selection by the Kansas City Royals in 2018 is holding hitters to a .196 average and has 34 strikeouts to only five walks this year.
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