The Augusta GreenJackets rallied for four runs in the eighth inning and one in the ninth as they wiped out a four-run Lexington lead and beat the Legends 5-4 Tuesday night in Augusta, Ga.
The Augusta comeback came after a brilliant pitching effort by Legends starter Jose Cisnero, who faced the minimum 21 hitters over the first seven innings. Cisnero allowed only an infield single by Hector Sanchez with one out in the sixth inning. The next batter, Ydwin Villegas, hit into a double play. Cisnero struck out four and did not walk a batter.
The Legends scored all their runs in the top of the first inning. Kody Hinze's 16th home run of the year, a 420-foot drive to left-center, drove in three runs. That brought Hinze's RBI total for the year to 87, tying him with Augusta's Chris Dominguez for the South Atlantic League lead.
The 4-0 lead stood up until the eighth. Yordany Ramirez, who had played at the Triple-A level as an outfielder but is converting to pitching, relieved Cisnero at the start of the eighth inning. In his second appearance on the mound, he gave up two singles and a walk before Wander Alvino relieved him. Three batters later, Nick Liles lined a 3-2 pitch down the left-field line for a double, clearing the bases and tying the game at 4. The GreenJackets won it in the ninth with a sacrifice fly to short right field.