GreenJackets rally to sweep Legends

AUGUSTA 5, LEXINGTON 4

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The Augusta GreenJackets stormed back from three runs down to seal a series sweep on Thursday night.

The GreenJackets scored four in the sixth en route to a 5-4 win over the Lexington Legends at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

One night after clinching the South Atlantic League Southern Division second-half title in a rout, Augusta (42-23) overcame an early deficit to win its third consecutive game over Lexington (35-31) and eighth consecutive game overall in the final regular season home game.

Down by three, the GreenJackets scored four in the sixth on RBI by Ben Turner, Chuckie Jones, Andrew Cain and Shayne Houck. They totaled four hits in the inning and took advantage of an error to take a one-run lead. Houck’s RBI proved to be the eventual game-winner.

“We came out a little bit sluggish early, hit too many balls in the air,” manager Mike Goff said. “It took three innings to get them going a little bit. I was very pleased with our situational hitting. We picked up every cheap RBI tonight, and it was enough to get by.”

Designated hitter Mitch Delfino went 3 for 4 with a double and RBI. The infielder has 17 hits over a 10-game hitting streak, including six hits and two RBI in his past two games.

Shortstop Alberto Robles broke a 0 for 12 skid with two singles and scored twice.

GreenJackets starter Chris Stratton allowed four runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out four. Stratton worked with a good two-pitch combination to induce nine swinging strikes, but he gave up more fly balls than normal with 12.

Stratton maintained good command but did allow four line drives and three walks.

“He was down in the zone, which was good to see,” Goff said. “But the left-handed hitters went down and hit some good pitches, and you tip your hat to them. I didn’t think he pitched that bad.”

The Legends scored one in the fourth and three in the sixth. Kansas City Royals 2013 first-rounder Hunter Dozier went 3 for 5 with a double, and Mark Donato added two RBI.

AUGUSTA 5, LEXINGTON 4

PLAY OF THE GAME: Augusta’s Shayne Houck singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth.

STAR OF THE GAME: Mitch Delfino went 3 for 4 with a double and RBI.

NEXT: Augusta at Asheville, 7:05 p.m. today


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