Augusta rallies in ninth for 7-6 win

Michael Gigliotti followed through on the swing that produced his first-inning home run, one of his three hits in the game. (Mary Lay)

By Lexington Legends | August 29, 2017 11:35 PM ET


                The Augusta GreenJackets rallied with four runs in the ninth inning for a 7-6 win over the Lexington Legends Tuesday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.   A two-out, two-strike single by Sandro Fabian drove in the tying and winning runs.

                A first-inning solo homer by Jean Angomas gave Augusta the early lead, but Lexington's Michael Gigliotti led off the bottom of the first with a homer to tie the game.

                The GreenJackets took a 2-1 lead in the second inning on a bases-loaded walk to Michael Bernal, but Legends starter Ofreidy Gomez worked out of the inning with no further damage.

                A single by Kelvin Beltre and a double by Bernal gave Augusta a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth, but the Legends took charge with five runs in the bottom of the fourth. A walk to Khalil Lee and singles by Emmanuel Rivera and Gabriel Cancel loaded the bases. Meibrys Viloria delivered a two-run double to right field, tying the game at 3-3 and sending Cancel to third base.   After Manny Olloque struck out, Angelo Castellano hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Cancel with the go-ahead run. Marten Gasparini's double scored Viloria, and Gasparini later came home on a single by Gigliotti, giving the Legends a 6-3 margin.

                That score held until the top of the ninth. Ashford Fulmer led off with an infield hit, and former Legend Carlos Garcia followed with a home run to right field, cutting the lead to one at 6-5. Dunston grounded out, but Angomas bunted for a hit. Angomas broke for second as Skyler Ewing took ball four, but Viloria threw to second, and the ball went into center field for an error, allowing Angomas to reach third.   Johneshwy Fargas pinch-ran for Ewing and stole second base. Jose Vizcaino Jr. flied out to center field before Fabian lined a single to right, scoring Angomas with the tying run and Fargas with the eventual winner.

                Patrick Ruotolo (4-2), got the win. He entered the game at the start of the eighth inning retired six consecutive batters, striking out five.

                Legends reliever Matt Wynne (3-4) took the loss.   

                Lexington's Vance Vizcaino had two hits, extending his hitting streak to 15 games.

                The Legends will close out the home season with a doubleheader against Augusta Wednesday evening. The first of two seven-inning games will begin at 5:35 p.m.

                Support for victims of Hurricane Harvey:  The Legends are giving back one dollar for each ticket issued to Wednesday's double header. Volunteers from the American Red Cross will also be at the game to collect money at the gates as fans enter Whitaker Bank Ballpark. In addition, the Legends are also donating five dollars for every Legends hit, walk, and stolen base during the double header. 

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