After trading wins and losses for much of June, the Augusta GreenJackets ended the month on a high note with three consecutive wins and sit one game out of first place in the second half.
The GreenJackets won three of four against the Asheville Tourists over the weekend, earning their first three-game winning streak since June 11-12. They have six streaks of three or more wins this season.
Augusta went 15-9 in June, its second-best month following a 16-9 mark in April. A below-average May prevented the GreenJackets from making a run for the first-half title in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division.
A strong June has given the GreenJackets new life in the second half.
The GreenJackets took advantage of the thin air and small dimensions in Asheville to record their highest offensive numbers for a series this season. Their four-game totals of 36 runs and six home runs topped their previous season highs in both categories.
The bottom of the order produced the majority of the home runs in unlikely fashion. Third baseman Shayne Houck hit homers in consecutive games after entering the series with one this year. Infielder Stephen Branca hit his first home run of the season, and outfielders Charles Jones and Andrew Cain hit their fourth each.
ROSTER MOVES: The GreenJackets placed right-hander Martin Agosta on the disabled list Friday in order to clear a roster spot as he misses a start.
Manager Mike Goff said Agosta, who is experiencing a tired arm, will miss one start but should return for his next scheduled outing.
Agosta threw just one inning in a June 22 start against the Kannapolis Intimidators before being pulled.
Goff said after the game Agosta was going through a “dead arm” period that might require time off.
The GreenJackets activated shortstop Alberto Robles from the disabled list. Robles was out with an injured right hand involving the hamate bone.
Catcher/first baseman Ben Turner was also placed on the disabled list Friday, and catcher Brad Moss was assigned to Augusta to fill the roster spot.
Moss is 4 for 20 in nine games for the GreenJackets this season. He has filled in mostly as a defensive replacement in Augusta.
The Robles move also means the ability for Augusta to use Trevor Brown behind the plate more. Brown has played six games at catcher this season compared to 55 at second base.
Center fielder Jesus Galindo was pulled during Friday’s game with a sore right knee after fouling a ball off the side of it in his first at-bat.
Galindo has not played since, but Goff said he is expected to return Wednesday.