After a strong start to the season that earned Augusta time in first place in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division, the season has come full circle with a streak that has vaulted it back into first.
The GreenJackets routed the Greenville Drive 14-1 on Wednesday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium, solidifying their spot atop the division with 19 games left.
The GreenJackets (31-20) hold a one-game lead over the Lexington Legends in the second-half standings after trailing by as many as six in the second half.
Despite finishing five games behind Savannah in the first half, the GreenJackets are now only a half-game behind the Sand Gnats in the overall standings.
The GreenJackets have won 15 of their past 17 games, dating to July 30.
“We’re staying in the mode of one game at a time,” manager Mike Goff said. “We’re going to keep focusing on that day’s game and not look ahead.”
The GreenJackets took advantage of bouts of wildness and made hard contact against Greenville pitchers, scoring in each of the first five innings. They had at least one baserunner in all but one inning and walked nine times as a team.
GreenJackets starter Kendry Flores allowed one run on three hits in six innings, walking one and striking out four. Flores induced six swinging strikes and nine ground balls, working effectively without his best stuff.
“It was nice giving Flores a cushion; I don’t think he’s had a cushion all year long,” Goff said.
“He didn’t have his best stuff, and without his best stuff he still threw that well.”
Relievers Mason McVay and Stephen Johnson combined for three scoreless innings to shut down the Drive (23-26), who have one run over the first two games of the series.