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Walkoff Sac Fly Caps Exciting 8-7 win over Pimento Cheese Night

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June 8, 2024 – Carolina League (CarL)
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NORTH AUGUSTA, SC: In perhaps the most exciting game of the season, Augusta scored 5 unanswered in the final 5 innings of the game, including 2 in the 9th, to defeat the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 8-7 at SRP Park.

Playing as Augusta Pimento Cheese for the only time this season, the home team welcomed almost more than 4,800 fans to SRP Park and treated the home crowd to a fantastic match full of excitement. The Pimento Cheese started the fireworks early, as Jeremy Celedonio launched a two-run homer just inside the foul pole in left field to open the scoring in the bottom of the first inning.

The Pelicans didn’t hesitate at all to get in on the action, jumping on Garrett Baumann in their second trip through the order. The Pelicans tagged Baumann for a career-high 7 runs and 9 hits, scoring 4 in the 3rd and 3 in the 4th to open a big lead. Augusta got one run back when Isaiah Drake crushed the first home run of his professional career, but the Pimento Cheese was still trailing 7-3 after four innings.

Augusta’s bullpen had a phenomenal performance as Beau Philip, Adam Shoemaker and Reibyn Corona refused to allow a run in 5 innings of work. Philip went 1.1 hitless, bridging the gap from Baumann to Shoemaker and beginning the process of giving the offense a chance. The bats responded in kind, as Drake and Cam Magee each drove in a run in the 5th to cut the lead to two.

Adam Shoemaker had one of his best performances of the season, striking out the first six batters he faced and retiring a season-high eight in three innings. The 8th inning turned risky for the lefty, as a single and two walks loaded the bases with two outs, but Shoemaker got Jacob Wetzel to roll to first base and bag the batter to bring the run total to 7. hold for the Pelicans. . Augusta added a run from a PO Boucher single in the 6th, setting the stage for a thrilling finish.

After a Luis Sanchez double with one out in the 8th put the tying run in scoring position, Pelicans’ manager Buddy Bailey turned to closer Shane Marshall for the second time this week. The UGA righty, who had not recorded a save in his career, worked around a walk to strike out two and strand the runner in the 8th. Corona scored a 1-2-3 top of the 9th, and the drama continued to build for the final frame.

The baseball theater was on full display in the bottom half, as Joe Olsavsky led off the inning with a fly ball to deep center field, causing the crowd to catch their collective breath before the ball hit the wall. Drake then stepped up with one out and turned the sigh into a roar. The 18-year-old center fielder sliced ​​a hanging slider over the right-field wall for his second home run of the day and his career, tying the game. Marshall then walked Cam Magee on 9 pitches, with Magee winning the lengthy battle and firing up the crowd. Magee sprinted to second base on a wild pitch and stole third, while Will Verdung walked to set up the winning run 100 feet away.

Buddy Bailey was forced to return to the bullpen and see if Vince Reilly could continue his hot run from Tuesday, when he didn’t allow a hit in 2.2 innings. The first man he encountered when the match was on the line was the red-hot Celedonio. Reilly fell behind 3-0, and even with first base open on a steal by Verdung, he opted not to put Celedonio at first base. Celedonio swung freely on a 3-0 count and skied a fastball to center field, deep enough for Magee to score and send the crowd home happy with Augusta’s third walk-off win of the year. The win was the third in five tries this week for Augusta, ensuring they would at least split the home series with the Pelicans.

The homestand ends tomorrow night at 1:35 PM with a Sahlen Family Sunday and Grandparents Day at SRP Park. Families can catch on the field before the game, and grandparents and children can walk the base after the game. Tickets are available at greenjacketsbaseball.com. Cade Kuehler takes the ball for Augusta as they look for a third straight win, while Myrtle Beach counters with Kenten Egbert, who didn’t allow a run in 4.1 innings out of the bullpen in a win on Tuesday.

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