Augusta, GA-The Augusta GreenJackets and the Greenville Drive were tied at four going into the top of the ninth inning Monday night. The GreenJackets committed two errors that inning and the Drive ultimately score two runs to defeat the GreenJackets 6-4 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
The inning began with a single by Tucker Tubbs. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and then to third on a pickoff attempt throwing error by relief pitcher Nolan Riggs. He came in to score on a throwing error by Cristian Paulino to put the Drive on top 5-4. With runners on second and third and still one out, Nick Lovullo scored on an RBI groundout by Santiago Espinal to give the Drive a 6-4 lead.
The GreenJackets had a 4-2 lead going into the sixth. Chris Madera led off the inning with a solo home run to cut the lead to 4-3. Lovullo and Luis Cedrola hit back to back singles to start the seventh. A fielder's choice groundout by Espinal scored Lovullo from third to tie the game at four.
With the score tied at two in the bottom of the fifth, the GreenJackets had runners on the corners and one out. A pickoff attempt throwing error by Drive starter Darwinzon Hernandez scored Frandy De La Rosa from third and sent Paulino from first to third giving the GreenJackets the lead. Paulino came in to score on a wild pitch to make it 4-2.
The GreenJackets were the first team to get on the scoreboard when a wild pitch scored Kelvin Beltre. Sandro Fabian then hit an RBI groundout to score Skyler Ewing to make it 2-0 GreenJackets. The Drive answered a half inning later when Espinal reached on a fielding error allowing a run to score and then Ryan Scott hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game.
The GreenJackets will be back in action Tuesday night against the Rome Braves at State Mutual Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00pm. Melvin Adon (1-5, 3.35) will start on the mound for the GreenJackets against Joey Wentz (2-3, 3.56) for the Braves.
The GreenJackets will return to Lake Olmstead Stadium on Friday June 16 for game one of a three game series with the Asheville Tourists. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm with the gates opening at 6:00pm. It is Shepeard Community Blood Center Night and Ladies Night presented by The Walking Company, Tin Lizzy's Cantina, Brooks Haven Floral and Flowers LLC, Palm Beach Tan, Pure Barre Augusta, The Swank Company, Barefoot Wine and Refreshers, and Oliviana Ristorante. Kids 12 and under will be able to run the bases after the game.
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