GreenJackets pound out 23 hits in victory over Tourists

Augusta 10, Asheville 3

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The Augusta GreenJackets lineup broke out in an unprecedented way Tuesday night to earn a series win over the Asheville Tourists.

The GreenJackets recorded a season-high 23 hits in a 10-3 win over the Tourists at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

“It’s part of the game,” manager Mike Goff said. “Some nights you can’t buy a ball to fall in, other nights you get 10 to fall in. That’s why you have to stay even-keeled and play hard every night and see what happens. It’s a crazy game.”

Eight of the nine GreenJackets starters recorded at least one hit. Right fielder Chuckie Jones went 4 for 5 with a double, giving him seven hits in his past two games. Third baseman Mitch Delfino went 4 for 6 with three doubles and three RBI.

“It’s nice to see (Jones) pick it up and hit with some consistency,” Goff said. “I hope this is something he’ll maintain for the next month and be a run producer for us.”

The GreenJackets scored at least one run in each of the first four innings. After one run in each of the first three innings, they exploded for five in the fourth, chasing Tourists starter Ben Hughes after getting charged with eight runs.

The Tourists right-hander has allowed 18 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings, spanning three starts, against the GreenJackets this season.

Augusta (15-14) scored 10 runs for the first time since June 29. The GreenJackets have totaled 10 runs or more nine times this season, with four of those games coming against Asheville (13-17).

Augusta catcher Ben Turner had three hits and two RBI. Joey Rapp went 2 for 6 with a double and two RBI.

GreenJackets starter Kendry Flores threw six shutout innings on five hits, walking one and striking out three.

Flores recorded his worst start of the season against Asheville in late June, allowing eight runs in four innings. Since that outing, he has given up four runs while striking out 30 in 26 innings.

AUGUSTA 10, ASHEVILLE 3

PLAY OF THE GAME: Augusta’s third baseman Mitch Delfino and first baseman Joey Rapp hit consecutive two-run doubles in the fourth inning.

STAR OF THE GAME: Delfino went 4 for 6 with three doubles and three RBI.

NEXT: Augusta at Savannah, 7:05 p.m. Thursday

TWO ASSIGNED TO AUGUSTA

The GreenJackets received two players Tuesday who should make an immediate impact.

San Francisco assigned outfielder Shawn Payne and infielder Travious Relaford to the GreenJackets. Both have played in Augusta before, including Relaford at the beginning of this season.

Payne, 24, drafted in 2011 in the 35th round out of Georgia Southern, hit .229 with 14 doubles, two triples and one homer with 21 stolen bases for San Jose this year.

Relaford, 21, of Union City, Ga., began the season in Augusta and hit .231 with five stolen bases before getting called to Richmond.

– David Lee, staff writer


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