Augusta, GA-With one out, a runner on second, and the game tied at one in the top of the tenth, Mitch Roman hit an RBI double to put the Kannapolis Intimidators on top of the Augusta GreenJackets 2-1. Mike Morrison came on in relief to set the GreenJackets down in order in the bottom of the inning as the GreenJackets fell in game one of the series at Lake Olmstead Stadium Wednesday night.
The GreenJackets led 1-0 going into the top of the sixth. Jameson Fisher led off the inning with a triple for the Intimidators. Micker Adolfo followed with a ground ball to third to score Fisher and tie the game at one. He advanced to second when GreenJackets third basemen Kevin Rivera overthrew catcher Will Albertson trying to get Fisher out at the plate.
Each starting pitcher was lights out in seven innings of work. D.J. Myers gave up only one run off of five hits, no earned runs, and struck out six for the GreenJackets. For the Intimidators, Yosmer Solorzano also gave up only one run. He allowed seven hits and struck out seven.
Kyle Kubat gave up only one hit in relief, shutting out the GreenJackets in the eighth and ninth which set up Morrison to get the save in the tenth. For Augusta, Nolan Riggs was able to match Kubat, pitching a scoreless eighth and ninth and also giving up only one hit. He came on to pitch the tenth and ran into trouble when he walked Max Dutto to lead off the inning. Dutto advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Joel Booker setting up the winning hit by Roman.
The GreenJackets struck first in the bottom of the second when Shawon Dunston hit a double with one out. With two outs and runners at the corners, he came in to score on an infield single by Brandon Van Horn to give the GreenJackets the early 1-0 lead.
The GreenJackets will be back in action Thursday night for game two of the three game series with the Intimidators at Lake Olmstead Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm with the gates opening at 6:00pm. It is Tribute to Nurses Night and Thirsty Thursday presented by The Hideout.
Matt Solter (2-0, 3.86) will start on the mound for the GreenJackets against Alec Hansen (1-3, 3.56) for the Intimidators.
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