Michael Santos Heavenly in GreenJackets Victory Over RiverDogs
Michael Santos entered the contest against the Charleston RiverDogs pitching quite well for the Augusta GreenJackets. At 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA, the right-hander had shown that he has good stuff and that he had the potential to be a big asset in the San Francisco Giants farm system. Saturday night, he gave the organization a real taste of what he can do, allowing a run in the first, and then shutting down the RiverDogs for the next seven innings as Augusta won 3-1.
It looked like the RiverDogs were going to have a good evening. Kyle Holder singled to lead off the game and moved to send when Hoy Jun Park walked. Chris Gittens was the next hitter, and he drilled a fly ball to right field that fell in for a double to score Holder easily. This looked like Santos was going to have a rough outing, but the GreenJackets starter struck out two of the next three hitters to retire the side and end the inning. Charleston would only threaten one more time.
Christian Morris took the hill for Charleston and was looking to keep his record perfect. The RiverDogs starter breezed through the first three innings, but in the fourth he found himself in some trouble.
Jalen Miller singled to start the inning and Miguel Gomez followed with a single that moved Miller to third. With Matt Winn at the plate, Morris attempted to pick off Gomez, but his throw was a bit wild and rolled up the line for an error. Miller scored easily to tie it, and Gomez moved to second. Winn flew out, advancing Gomez to third and Morris was able to retire the next batter for the second out of the inning, but he could not end the threat. A walk to Skyler Ewing put two on, and Seth Harrison hit a bloop single into right that gave Augusta the lead. Johneshwy Fargas’ single scored Ewing and it was 3-1 Augusta.
That would be all the scoring from either team. Santos was incredibly tough after the first inning. Following the run, he retired the next 10 RiverDogs hitters. Charleston attempted to mount a rally in the fourth as well, getting two singles and putting a runner at third, but Santos got the final out on a ground ball to end the threat. He would then retire 12 of the next 14 hitters he faced.
Santos (4-2) left after 8-innings, and he had pitched a beauty. The right-hander allowed six hits, one-walk, and one-run. He also struck out 7.
Two players for the Augusta GreenJackets had big days at the plate. Gomez was 3-4 with a run scored and Fargas was 3-3 with an RBI. Jackson continues to warm up for the Charleston RiverDogs, going 2-4. He now has a six-game hitting streak, where he is 10-24 in that span (.417).
These two teams will close out their series tomorrow. Luis Cedeno (1-1, 3.38) will go for the Charleston RiverDogs. He will be opposed by Phil Bickford (1-4, 2.72) for the Augusta GreenJackets. Game time is 2:05.
By Robert Pannier