Entering the week, the Augusta GreenJackets faced the tall task of playing nine games in seven days. They turned the tough schedule into a team-best winning streak.
The GreenJackets completed a six-game sweep of the Charleston RiverDogs with a 6-5 win Sunday at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Augusta (24-18) is a winner of eight consecutive games when counting a win in a suspended game that was completed Thursday. The GreenJackets’ previous high was a four-game winning streak completed twice this season.
The GreenJackets threw away a three-run lead with two outs in the ninth when three wild pitches scored three runs to tie the game at 5. They responded in the bottom half when Shawn Payne stole third and scored the winning run on an error.
“We got fortunate enough, kept forcing the issue, they made a mistake and we won the ballgame,” manager Mike Goff said. “We earned it in the sense that we beat them eight out of nine innings, and we got lucky at the end.”
The GreenJackets rode the left arm of Matt Lujan to another shut down performance. Lujan allowed one run on four hits in 6 ⅔ innings, striking out eight and inducing 13 swinging strikes. He avoided hard contact and kept the ball on the ground, totaling 11 ground balls.
The 24-year-old is on an impressive four-start streak, and he hasn’t allowed more than one run in each of his past six appearances. Over this four-start streak, Lujan has allowed four runs in 27 ⅔ innings.
“He had a good cutter, good changeup, gets in on the front foot (of batters) a lot,” Goff said. “He competes, and you know what you’re getting out of him every time out.”
Augusta third baseman Mitch Delfino hit a home run for the second consecutive day. Delfino went deep to left-center in the third inning for his 10th home run.
Delfino went 2 for 2 with one RBI and two walks. Payne went 2 for 4 with a double, RBI and walk.
Charleston’s (22-21) Ericson Leonora had two hits and two RBI.