August 21, 2002
Hickory, NC - The South Georgia Waves lost their third straight, 3-2 in a heartbreaker to the Hickory Crawdads in a South Atlantic League game at L.P. Frans Stadium Wednesday night.
Carlos Garcia (0-1) fired six-plus courageous innings in his Sally League debut but surrendered three-straight hits in a two-run decisive seventh inning as the Waves (28-29/68-58) fell for the third straight night following a five-game winning streak.
Garcia was promoted last week from the Gulf Coast League, rehabbing a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the entire 2001 season and at one point retired 11 in a row before Miguel De La Cruz tripled-home Luis Landaetta to tie the score 2-2 in the seventh.
The last pitch Garcia would toss was to Crawdads' (33-25/77-51) shortstop Brandon Chavez who singled down the right-field line to plate De La Cruz and cap the comeback.
The Waves score their only two runs in the third inning to take a 2-1 lead on a two-runs single by Edwin Bellorin. Pat O'Brien (11-70 settled in and retired 11 of the last 12 he faced, departing after eight complete innings on his way to his fourth straight winning decision.
The Waves, after closing to within 3.0 games of the first place Columbus RedStixx at weeks' open, slipped 5.5 games back in the second half race by virtue of the RedStixx' 3-1 win over the Delmarva Shorebirds earlier Wednesday.
The Waves take-on the Augusta GreenJackets in the opening game of their season-ending eight-game homestand at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at Paul Eames Park.
Mike Keirstead (2-5) will start for South Georgia opposite Augusta lefty Shane Rhodes (7-5).