The Augusta GreenJackets clicked on all cylinders against a Rome Braves team that seemed to go through the motions Monday night.
The GreenJackets opened the weeklong homestand in
strong fashion, beating the Braves 11-8 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Catcher Eric Sim led the hit parade with three hits, as the GreenJackets totaled 11 in the game.
Augusta (21-15) reached double digits in runs for the second consecutive game and the fourth time this season.
Mitch Delfino went 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Joe Rapp and Matt Duffy each had two RBI. Eight of nine starters had a hit, and the GreenJackets struck out just four times.
“Execution tonight with situational hitting, getting guys in scoring position, was very good,” manager Mike Goff said. “It’s probably the best we’ve been at that all season so far.”
Sim went to the opposite field for all three of his singles, adding an RBI. He is 5 for his
past 11 with a home run and two RBI.
“I’ve been trying to see the ball and go the other way, and I came up successful doing that today,” Sim said. “I’m seeing the ball amazing, so I’m just trying to keep it that way.”
The GreenJackets scored six runs in the first two innings. They scored four in the second on a two-run single by Duffy and a two-run double by
They added four in the fifth on a walk-in run, a wild pitch that scored a run, an RBI groundout by Shayne Houck and a sacrifice fly RBI by Jesus Galindo. Three wild pitches by Rome aided the scoring.
The hitting was paired with another strong effort by Martin Agosta, who allowed two runs on six hits in six innings, walking two and striking out seven. He added eight swinging strikes. Agosta has struck out seven or more in six of his seven outings this season.
Rome (20-15) scored six runs on seven consecutive hits in the ninth inning, nearly doubling their hit total from the previous eight innings. GreenJackets reliever Stephen Johnson was charged with all six runs – five earned.