Mitch Delfino helps GreenJackets knock off Braves

AUGUSTA 3, ROME 2

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After roping three balls with nothing to show for it the previous night, Augusta’s Mitch Delfino finally found a hole and came up with two big runs.

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Augusta's Travious Relaford waits to make the tag for the out on Rome's Daniel Carroll as Carroll attempts to steal second.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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Augusta's Travious Relaford waits to make the tag for the out on Rome's Daniel Carroll as Carroll attempts to steal second.

Delfino singled home two in the sixth inning as the GreenJackets defeated the Rome Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Delfino hit the ball hard three times Tuesday night but finished 0 for 4, as all three scorching line drives found Rome gloves.

Luck balanced itself out the next game, as Delfino’s ground ball found a hole between first and second to drive in two runs and give the GreenJackets a lead.

“That was a huge at-bat by Delfino,” manager Mike Goff said.

“Down one run with two strikes, he puts the ball in play and finds a hole.”

The GreenJackets added a run in the eighth on an error that proved to be the deciding run as Augusta won its third series against Rome this season.

The GreenJackets (18-18) received effective pitching from a combination of arms.

Edward Concepcion allowed one run on one hit and three walks in 2⅔ innings, making his first appearance for Augusta and just his fourth of the season.

Concepcion was pulled after 52 pitches, giving way to Jake Dunnington, who threw three scoreless innings on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

Stephen Johnson threw 2 1/3 innings, not allowing a hit or run while striking out six consecutive batters.

“The bullpen was outstanding,” Goff said. “They kept us in the ballgame all night long. Dunnington and Johnson were outstanding.”

Rome (17-22) scored a run in the third on a sacrifice fly RBI by Eric Garcia. He added his second RBI in the ninth on an RBI single.

Augusta’s Shawn Payne and Andrew Cain each had two hits for a GreenJackets team that walked just once.

Braves starter Frank Lafreniere allowed two runs on five hits in six innings, striking out four.

Lafreniere kept the ball on the ground throughout, inducing 10 ground balls.

The Braves received two hits and two walks from Daniel Carroll, and Casey Kalenkosky added three walks.

The GreenJackets will play host to the Charleston RiverDogs beginning at 5:35 p.m. today with the completion of a game suspended from July 7 followed by the regularly-scheduled game.

AUGUSTA 3, ROME 2

PLAY OF THE GAME: Augusta’s Mitch Delfino singled home two in the sixth for a 2-1 lead.

STAR OF THE GAME: Augusta reliever Stephen Johnson struck out six consecutive batters over 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

NEXT: Charleston at Augusta, 5:35 p.m. today



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