Twice Augusta center fielder Jesus Galindo reached on a single – and twice, shortstop Matt Duffy drove him in.
That combination at the plate proved to enough to start the Savannah series on a positive note, with the GreenJackets taking the series opener 3-2 on Monday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Duffy went 2 for 4 with two RBI, driving in Galindo in the first and third innings. Augusta (3-2) scored its third run on a fielder’s choice RBI by Trevor Brown in the first.
Duffy has now had three multi-hit games in the past four days, going 7 for 16 with five RBI in five games since returning from the disabled list.
“When (Galindo) gets on like that, it really makes my job a lot easier,” Duffy said. “He’s been doing it all year.”
The offense was enough to back another strong outing from starter Joe Biagini, who allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out four.
Biagini has gone at least five innings in each of his last six starts, allowing no more than two earned runs in each outing. He has allowed just three runs in 21 innings against the Sand Gnats in their last three meetings.
Prior to this six-start stretch, Biagini had pitched six full innings just once in his first six outings.
Consistency has been the key key, Biagini said.
“Pitching is simply about throwing strikes, and I struggled with that earlier in the year,” Biagini said. “Hopefully, I’ll continue to improve that. It’s all about consistency. It makes your job a lot easier when you’re consistent.”
Savannah starter Jake Kuebler allowed two earned runs and three total in five innings of work.
Kuebler, making his fourth career start, is attempting a transition to the pitcher’s mound after playing his first five professional seasons as an infielder.
The Sand Gnats (1-4) scored their first run in the second inning on a solo home run by left fielder Stefan Sabol. They added a run in the ninth on an error, but Augusta closer Tyler Mizenko stranded the tying run on third to end the ballgame.