After collecting just seven hits in their past two games, the Augusta GreenJackets broke through with balanced hitting to stop a two-game skid.
The GreenJackets surpassed their hit total from the previous three games in an 8-1 win over the Charleston RiverDogs on Saturday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Augusta (30-25) used 14 hits to push across its highest run total since May 22. The hit total was two more than the past three games combined.
“Our aggression disappears for a few games and comes back for a few games,” manager Mike Goff said. “Hopefully, we can just maintain it. We have to keep these guys aggressive on the fastball. You get paid to hit the fastball. You don’t get paid to hit breaking balls.”
GreenJackets center fielder Jesus Galindo continued his hot hitting from the right side, going 4 for 5 with a triple and two RBI. Galindo is 13 for 30 from the right side compared to 43 for 158 from the left side, a significant increase in batting average.
Second baseman Trevor Brown went 2 for 4 with two RBI. Ben Turner added two hits, including a double and RBI.
Back-to-back triples keyed a two-run third inning for the GreenJackets to start the scoring. Shortstop Alberto Robles tripled to drive home one, followed by a triple from Galindo to drive in Robles.
Charleston (32-21) scored its only run in the fifth on an RBI single by Danny Oh. The RiverDogs had just four hits.
The GreenJackets added two insurance runs in the sixth on RBI singles by Galindo and Brown. They tacked on three in the eighth on RBI singles by Brown and Mitch Delfino, and an error that scored a run.
Augusta starter Justin Schumer allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. He walked three and struck out one, helped by three double plays. Goff said he was impressed by Schumer’s sinking fastball throughout the outing.
“He came out and used his sinker very well,” Goff said. “He had good movement on his sinker and got a lot of ground balls. I don’t think he threw but four or five offspeed pitches all night long.”