Monday: GreenJackets 7, Legends 3
Augusta GreenJackets lines:
Jose Reyes: 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K (6 swinging strikes)
Justin Schumer: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K
Travious Relaford: 2-5, 2 RBI
Andrew Cain: 2-4, 2B, RBI
Eric Sim: 1-4, 2B, RBI
Trevor Brown: 1-3, 2B, BB
Matt Duffy: 2-4
Lexington Legends lines:
Aroni Nina: 4 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 5 K (8 swinging strikes)
Terrance Gore: 2-4
Adalberto Mondesi: 1-4, RBI, BB
GreenJackets manager Mike Goff:
(On first road trip): Played pretty well for the first time out. In Savannah, we didn’t swing the bats as well as we liked to, but we saw some signs the last couple days of our bats coming alive a little bit. Our pitching has been outstanding up to this point. Our defense has played very well, making all the routine plays, which is all I expect out of these guys. Long night (Sunday), would have been nice to put that one away when we had a chance, but we’ll finish that game in June. Overall, first time out I was pleased with the road trip.
(On arriving in Augusta at 2 a.m., Monday, was asked before Monday's game): "We gave them a little break today. Give them a little breather, see if they bounce back and, if they don’t, we’ll know next time they get off the bus to get them loose at that time. I think they’re fine. I think they’ll bounce back the way we expect them to, and I think they’ll come out and play well.
(On Joan Gregorio's recent outing): "He was fantastic. He used his fastball very well both sides of the plate, which is something we’ve been harping on. He pitched to contact early in the count. A lot of defense behind him and he was outstanding along with the rest of our pitching staff. They right now have been carrying us, keeping us in ballgames, gives us a chance to win every night. We just have to get our offense going and start putting some more runs on the baord and take some pressure off our staff.
(On injuries, asked before the game Monday): "We took a beating in the first week. Rapp with the broken finger, Rodriguez goes out with the conssuion. Houck with the pulled hamstring. We were playing with basically one fewer guy the entire road trip, which is tough to do. Right now, we’ve got Andrew Cain in to pick us up in the outfield; he's done a nice job the first two ballgames. Trevor Brown joined us yesterday, DH'd and will play second base (Monday). I expect him to be with us probably the rest of the year. Schumer will come off the DL today. He’s been with us on the DL, gives us a nice long man out the bullpen. Okert will go on the DL for a while to try to build some arm strength and work on mechanical things to get him straightened out.
(Goff's quotes following Monday's game): That was huge after giving up two. Walked the eight, nine guy and messed up the double play ball, but it put us back in the ballgame. Nice to see the guys bounce back after giving it up and picking each other up.
(Travious Relaford) has played well. That’s why I’ve got him up in the two-hole now. He’s earned the right to be in that spot. He’s come up with big hits for us so far, and wherever we put him defensively he’s played very well. He’s been a nice spark plug for us.
"We kicked the ball around a little bit in the middle, just not finishing off the routine plays. It’s something we harp on these guys every night. Brown’s first time out so he’s playing a new position, so there’s going to be some growing pains for him, but we’ll run him back out there tomorrow and keep him going.
"(Brown) played second base back as a sophomore in college, was a catcher at UCLA, but we’re teaching him to play a lot of different positions, be a super-type utility guy. So he’s going to play a lot of second base, he’s going to catch a little bit, probably play some first base, move him around a little bit.
"Relaford has earned the right to play somewhere every day. Whether it’s second, third, short, it’s nice you have a guy like that you can move to all three spots and spell a guy, give a guy a day off. He’s been very valuable to us so far.
"It’s a nice luxury to have when you can give guys days off and let them catch their breath instead of having the same guys out there every day. Especially in this league when it’s going to get hot before long. Taking care of these guys legs and arms, that’s the key to getting through the whole season.
"It was nice to see Reyes bounce back after a tough time in Savannah. I thought he bounced back well , used his fastball a lot more efficiently. Got us into the sixth if we made a couple plays behind him, but gave us five solid innings and Schumer came in and did a very nice job coming off the DL and picked us up.
"Once (Schumer) got going, he was a little rusty in game situations, he knows how to pitch. He can fill a lot of roles for you. Long, start, do a lot of different things for you. It’s a nice luxury to have when you have a guy like that who can give you three or four innings. The bullpen was a little short after a long night last night, so he definitely picked us up tonight and saved our bullpen."
"I wanted to really concentrate on seeing the ball. I've been striking out a lot, so my main focus was just see the ball. It felt good to get some knocks. It did feel good.
I'm just happy to be in the lineup. Anywhere he puts me, I just want to do my job. It is fun to be the No. 2 hitter in the first inning. It’s pretty cool. But just anywhere in the lineup, I’m trying to do my job.
Everybody individually might have their own little fatigue. But when it’s time to go, it’s time to play. You have to put that aside."