In his third start since filling a rotation spot, Augusta GreenJackets right-hander Justin Schumer finally found his groove, resulting in five strong innings.
The GreenJackets bullpen backed Schumer to beat the Rome Braves 6-3 on Tuesday at Lake Olmstead Stadium, giving Augusta its third consecutive win.
In his first two outings as a spot starter, Schumer allowed 12 total runs in 11/3 innings, including six walks. He rebounded with two runs allowed on five hits over five innings against the Braves, not walking any and striking out two.
“He was the guy I saw a couple years ago when I had him,” manager Mike Goff said. “For him to do what he did the last two times out was very uncharacteristic. It’s nice to see him get back on track.”
Steven Okert allowed two hits and a walk but threw two-thirds of a scoreless frame. Derek Law allowed one run over 21/3 innings but recorded a big strikeout with the bases loaded in the sixth to preserve a four-run lead. Tyler Mizenko notched his 11th save with a scoreless ninth.
Augusta (22-15) scored in the first four innings, totaling six runs. Matt Duffy grounded out to drive in one in the first, followed by RBI from Eric Sim, Charles Jones and Jesus Galindo in the second.
Mitch Delfino drove in one in the third, and Duffy singled home the sixth run in the fourth.
Delfino went 2 for 3 with one RBI, extending his hit streak to four games and totaling five RBI over the stretch.
Galindo went 1 for 2 with a walk and RBI, scoring twice and extending his hitting streak to seven. The center fielder is 9 for 22 with eight stolen bases over the stretch, totaling 24 steals on the season.
Rome (20-16) scored one in the first on a sacrifice fly and a run in the third on an RBI groundout. Josh Elander singled home the team’s third run in the seventh for his second RBI of the game. Elander went 3 for 5.
The Braves left 10 on base in the final five innings. They outhit the GreenJackets for the second consecutive night despite losing both games.