New approach at plate works for Augusta GreenJackets against Lexington

Augusta 9, Lexington 6



Augusta manager Mike Goff said Tuesday he was disappointed in his team’s current offensive approach. The GreenJackets have immediately responded the past two games.

Augusta nearly scored double-digit runs for the second consecutive game as the GreenJackets beat the Lexington Legends 9-6 on Thursday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The GreenJackets totaled eight runs in the first two games of the recent series against the last-place Rome Braves. They constantly played from behind and lost both games.

Goff said after Tuesday’s loss the GreenJackets weren’t maintaining an aggressive approach at the plate. They picked it up by scoring 12 runs in Wednesday’s win over the Braves. They added nine more runs on 11 hits Thursday.

“They were aggressive, especially early in the count,” hitting coach Hector Borg said. “We made good adjustments, and we executed with men on third and less than two outs. We executed getting bunts down. We did a great job today with execution.”

Second baseman John Polonius led Augusta (29-29) with three hits, including a double, and two RBI.

Rafael Rodriguez went 2 for 4 with two RBI, and Chris Lofton added two hits and an RBI.

“We attacked the fastball more; that’s what we’re starting to do more,” Polonius said. “We’re doing a better job of it right now as a team. You can see the results. We’re getting more hits.”

The GreenJackets took a three-run lead after a four-run second inning. Polonius doubled home two to spark the big inning.

After Lexington (25-35) cut the lead to one in the third, Augusta again responded with two in the home half on an RBI single by Rodriguez and sacrifice fly by Ty Ross.

Outfielder Tyler Horan doubled home a run in the fourth for a 7-3 lead.

Legends catcher Frank Schwindel hit a two-run homer in the fifth to cut the lead to two, and the Legends added a run in the eighth for a one-run deficit.

The GreenJackets got some breathing room in the home half on an RBI single by Lofton and a passed ball that scored their ninth run.

STAR OF THE GAME: Augusta second baseman John Polonius went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBI.

PLAY OF THE GAME: Polonius doubled home two in the second inning to spark a four-run inning and give the GreenJackets a three-run lead.

NEXT: Lexington at Augusta, 7 p.m. today



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