For a second time this season, Augusta starter Justin Schumer held Savannah scoreless over five innings. This time, the GreenJackets were unable to overcome a blown lead.
The Sand Gnats scored three in the sixth and two in the eighth to take a 5-1 win over the GreenJackets on Wednesday at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Schumer allowed two hits over five scoreless innings, walking one and striking out five. It was his second scoreless start of the season, both coming against the Sand Gnats.
Like his May 26 start, Schumer’s lead was blown by late runs. Reliever Brandon Farley allowed three in the sixth on a two-run double by Savannah catcher Jeff Glenn and RBI single by shortstop Phillip Evans.
Savannah (2-4) recorded two insurance runs in the eighth on a two-run single by Chad Zurcher.
Schumer entered the game with a 58.3 percent left-on-base rate, far below league average and a reason for a .312 batting average with runners on compared to .288 from the windup.
However, the right-hander improved on those numbers Wednesday by not allowing a hit with runners on and leaving six on base.
“Once I started getting some guys on base, I started going to the slider and changeup,” Schumer said. “(Eric) Sim was doing a good job calling pitches. I have a pretty good feel for those pitches. It worked out with guys on base to get some strikeouts.”
Augusta (3-3) ran into Sand Gnats starter Gabriel Ynoa’s mid-90s fastball and tumbling changeup. The right-hander allowed one run on five hits in six innings, not walking any and striking out four.
“He goes out and gives them six or seven innings every time out,” GreenJackets manager Mike Goff said. “He keeps his club in the ballgame. I thought we did hit a lot of balls right at people today. I thought our approach to the fastball was better today. We just didn’t get a lot of opportunities.”
GreenJackets designated hitter Ben Turner went 2 for 4 with a double. Charles Jones picked up the lone Augusta RBI on a sacrifice fly in the fourth.