The Augusta GreenJackets are rolling through the early part of the South Atlantic League schedule like a freight train that knows only one direction - whichever way points toward a "W."
The Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants will steam into Columbus today, still unbeaten through three series.
The GreenJackets overcame an early deficit to wallop the Charleston RiverDogs 12-8 on Monday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium to move to 12-0 - believed to be the best start in South Atlantic League history.
Augusta closed the eight-game homestand unbeaten and begins a four-game set against the Columbus Catfish tonight.
Having won plenty of close games with pitching and defense, the GreenJackets turned to their bats Monday after trailing 4-0 in the second.
They took the lead with a three-run sixth, hit for the cycle in a four-run seventh and finished with a season-high 16 hits.
Matt Weston had three hits and a towering two-run blast to right in the seventh, and Mike McBryde went 3-for-3 as every GreenJacket in the lineup hit safely.
Joey Dyche and Sharlon Schoop each drove in four runs, and Paul Lussier picked up the win in relief. Tyler Graham also has hit safely in all 12 games.
Augusta had only allowed 12 runs in 11 previous games, but had to outslug Charleston (6-6), which finished with 17 hits only to lose to Augusta for the 10th consecutive time.
The GreenJackets have outscored opponents 75-20 and have won 26 of the past 28 regular-season games.
The RiverDogs snapped a 25-inning scoreless streak in the first off Augusta starter Steven Calicutt, taking a 3-0 lead on RBI hits from Brian Baisley and Eduardo Nunez.
They extended to 4-0 in the second on Seth Fortenberry's RBI double.
In the bottom half, RiverDogs starter Eric Hacker walked in a run, and Nestor Rojas and McBryde then scored on a two-run error by first baseman Chris Malec to make it 4-3.
The GreenJackets, up 8-6, put the game out of reach in the seventh. Weston's towering two-run shot to right field followed Brett Pill's double and led to a 10-6 lead off Gabe Medina. Dyche ripped a two-RBI triple into the left-center gap four batters later to make it 12-6.
Charleston got RBI from Fortenberry and Baisley in the ninth.
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