(AUGUSTA, Ga. ) Three Augusta pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts and retired the last 20 consecutive batters as the GreenJackets took a 4-0 win over the Lexington Legends in the season opener for both teams.
Augusta starter Martin Agosta (1-0) survived a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first inning and went on strike out nine batters in five innings to get the win. He allowed all four Lexington hits.
After Lexington's Raul Mondesi struck out to lead off the game, Humberto Arteaga and Bubba Starling singled, and Mark Threlkeld was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Agosta escaped trouble by getting Cam Gallagher to ground into a double play, ending the inning.
The GreenJackets took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. After Legends' starter Bryan Brickhouse retired the first two batters, Mitch Delfino reached first base when Mondesi's throw from shortstop was wide for an error. Rafael Rodriguez' single to center field moved Delfino to third, from where he scored on a base hit by Joe Rapp. Rodriguez scored from third on a single by Charles Jones.
Augusta added a run in the fifth inning against reliever Ali Williams. Leadoff batter Matt Duffy walked, and Delfino singled him to second. Rodriguez grounded into a force play at second, leaving runners at first and third. Rapp's sacrifice fly to left field scored Duffy, giving Augusta a 3-0 lead.
The GreenJackets scored their final run in the seventh inning. Jesus Galindo singled to center field and moved to third when the ball got past Starling in center field for an error. Galindo scored on a single by Duffy.
Derek Law , who relieved Agosta to start the sixth, worked three perfect innings, striking out four batters. Tyler Mizenko struck out two of the three Lexington hitters he faced in the ninth. The Legends did not have a baserunner after Mondesi reached on an infield single leading off the third inning. He was later caught stealing.
Brickhouse (0-1), who gave up the two unearned runs in the first inning, took the loss. He allowed five hits, struck out seven batters and walked one in four innings.
Because of a rainout Thursday night, the Legends and GreenJackets will play a doubleheader Saturday. The first of two-seven inning games will begin at 5:05 p.m.
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