Six runs in two innings shook the fatigue of a late Monday arrival back to Augusta for the GreenJackets.
The GreenJackets scored three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to beat the Lexington Legends 7-3 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Augusta (7-4) arrived home from a weeklong road trip at 2 a.m., having played 13 innings in Charleston on Sunday night before the game was suspended because of rain.
“We gave them a little break today,” manager Mike Goff said before the game about the absence of batting practice and warmups. “I think they’re fine. I think they’ll bounce back the way we expect them to, and I think they’ll come out and play well.”
The GreenJackets proved they were rested enough early, scoring a run in the first on an RBI single by Mitch Delfino.
Lexington (4-8) put two on the board in the fifth when Augusta attempted a double play with the bases loaded but Trevor Brown sailed his throw to first.
The GreenJackets regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run single by Travious Relaford and a double play that scored a third run.
Augusta added three more in the sixth on four consecutive hits, including three consecutive doubles by Brown, Eric Sim and Andrew Cain. A third run scored on an error.
Augusta’s Jose Reyes had only two strikeouts with three walks in five innings, but he held the Legends to two runs – one earned.
“It was nice to see Reyes bounce back after a tough time in Savannah,” Goff said. “I thought he bounced back well, used his fastball a lot more efficiently.”
Justin Schumer, making his first appearance of the season after coming off the disabled list, pitched three scoreless innings.
Relaford went 2 for 5 with two RBI. Cain went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Matt Duffy added two hits.
“I wanted to really concentrate on seeing the ball,” Relaford said. “I’ve been striking out a lot, so my main focus was just see the ball. It felt good to get some knocks.”
Aroni Nina allowed four runs on four hits in four innings for the Legends, walking four and striking out five. Ali Williams allowed three runs – two earned – in relief.