A matchup between two of the higher-ranked pitchers in the South Atlantic League came close to delivering on its potential.
The GreenJackets secured a sweep of the Rome Braves behind a go-ahead RBI single by Trevor Brown in the seventh, giving Augusta a 5-4 win Wednesday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Augusta right-hander Chris Stratton, ranked third in the San Francisco Giants system by Baseball America, allowed four runs on 10 hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out five and despite the relatively low strikeout total, Stratton recorded 11 swinging strikes.
“I thought he came out leaving the ball up early, but once he settled down, started throwing the breaking ball for a strike, it made his fastball that much better,” manager Mike Goff said.
Rome right-hander Mauricio Cabrera allowed four runs on five hits, walking three and striking out nine over 52/3 innings.
Cabrera, ranked sixth in the Atlanta Braves system, recorded 10 swinging strikes, using a mid-90s fastball, hard slider and changeup.
Augusta center fielder Jesus Galindo went 2 for 4 with a double and two RBI, extending his hitting streak to eight. Eight of the nine GreenJackets starters recorded at least one hit.
“I feel really good the last couple games,” Galindo said through an interpreter. “I’m seeing the ball better, showing better judgment with two strikes, not trying to do too much.”
Braves shortstop Jose Peraza led off the game with a home run, his first of the season. Rome scored twice before Augusta answered with a run.
After the Braves scored two in the fifth, the GreenJackets answered with a run in the home half. They tied the game in the sixth on a two-run single by Galindo. Brown’s go-ahead RBI came off Rome reliever Zach Jadofsky with one out in the seventh.