ASHEVILLE-- For the second straight contest, Johneshwy Fargas played a key role in leading his Augusta GreenJackets to a win over the Asheville Tourists. On Saturday, he had help from his teammate, Sandro Fabian. Both outfielders made huge defensive plays in what ended up being a very close game. The Tourists fell 8-6.
The contest was played over two days. On Friday, the teams played a little over half an inning. Augusta made the most of their half inning by plating four runs in the top of the first. After rain forced a game suspension, the two teams resumed action on Saturday.
Augusta plated a run in the top of the third to take a 5-0 lead. Willie Abreu put the Tourists on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third with a two-run Home Run to centerfield. Augusta's Carlos Garcia hit a solo Home Run in the fourth.
With the Tourists down 6-2, Asheville went to work in the sixth. The home team plated three runs and had the tying run at third base with one out. Ryan Metzler hit a fly ball to deep right field that Fabian hauled in. Taylor Snyder attempted to tag from third and score the tying run, but Fabian's throw was right on the money. Snyder was called out and the inning came to an end.
Fabian followed up his great throw with a two-run Home Run in the top of the seventh. After Asheville scored once in the bottom of the seventh, the Tourists appeared to be in business to start the eighth. Brian Serven hit a ball over Fargas' head in center. Serven raced around second base, thinking leadoff triple, but Fargas fired a laser from the centerfield wall to third base. Serven was tagged out.
Abreu did hit a two-out double in the bottom of the ninth to bring the tying run to the plate; however, Connor Kaden finished the game with a strikeout. The Tourists will look to avoid being swept with Sunday's series finale slated for 2:05pm.
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