Nos. 3-4 hitters Ryan Cavan and Chris Dominguez combined to drive in five runs Tuesday night, leading the Augusta GreenJackets to an 9-5 victory over the Lexington Legends.
Augusta has taken two of three games in the series, which concludes with a 12:05 p.m. game Wednesday at Applebee's Park.
Tommy Joseph capped Tuesday's win with a ninth-inning solo homer, his third homer in as many nights.
Jake Goebbert led the Legends with a double and four RBI. Grant Hogue went 3-for-4 and walked.
Jordan Comadena's solo homer triggered a four-run seventh inning. That uprising was snuffed by Craig Whitaker, who fanned all five batters he faced.
The series is practically a homecoming for Augusta third baseman Dominguez.
A third-round draft pick last year out of the University of Louisville, the South Atlantic League all-star leads the GreenJackets in homers (12), RBI (55) and hits (94).
Tuesday, Dominguez went 1-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Earlier in the day, he and many of his teammates took a trip to Louisville Slugger, took the tour and ordered bats.
"It's just great to be back home, more or less," he said.
Dominguez was great for Louisville, where he has the career RBI record (218) and ranks among the Cardinals' top 10 in seven offensive categories.
"We had a great recruiting class," he said. "My freshman year, we had a different set of coaches than we had my sophomore year. The freshman year was great and we had a good group of guys. But when the new coaches came (led by Dan McDonnell) they really stepped it up a notch and knew what it was to win, and instilled in us how to win, in our work ethic."
A two-time Big East Conference Player of the Year, Dominguez hit three homers during the 2007 College World Series.
As a draft-eligible sophomore in 2008, he turned down the Colorado Rockies, who made him a fifth-round pick.
He returned to U of L, setting a school record with 25 homers. After the San Francisco Giants called his name in the third round, Dominguez signed for $411,300.
Over 56 games last year in the Arizona and Northwest leagues, Dominguez hit .263 with 11 homers, 40 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
Coming into this season, Baseball America rated him 18th among Giants prospects.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder has lived up to the billing.
"He's big, he's tall, he's strong. What's not to like about a kid like that?" Legends Manager Rodney Linares said. "I think he's got a pretty good chance to be a dominant player, not only in this league but at the big-league level."
Dominguez has been clutch for the GreenJackets, knocking a pair of extra-inning, walk-off homers — a three-run shot to beat Charleston in 11 innings and a two-run blast to top Asheville in 13 innings.
Last month, he won the SAL Home Run Derby.
"I've never won a home-run derby before in my life and I usually don't do too well in them," Dominguez said. "But Mac (Manager Dave Machemer) threw a great batting practice and I just got lucky."
Dominguez won a playoff with Kody Hinze of the Legends to reach the finals — which came after the second inning of the all-star game. He socked five more homers to win the title.
"They said he was playing pepper with the building in left field," Linares said. "He was just hitting moon shots."
The last of those landed atop the four-story New York Life Building beyond the left-field fence at Greenville's Fluor Field. An earlier homer knocked out the light inside the "R" on the building's roof.
The son of Cuban natives, Dominguez was born in California and raised in Miami. His versatility extends to language, as he's an able Spanish-English interpreter.
His message in Tuesday's game seemed clear to all: Beware of Chris Dominguez.
■ Legends hitting coach Stubby Clapp usually is stationed at first base when the Legends bat. He was at third base Tuesday, filling in for Linares, who has a toothache. Coaching at first base was league batting leader J.D. Martinez, who was nursing a minor injury after falling down the dugout steps for the second time in three days.