Augusta GreenJackets benefit from Ryder Jones' hitting streak in win

GreenJackets 4, Suns 2

Augusta shortstop Ryder Jones entered the week riding a hot streak that only grew warmer along with the team Monday night.

Jones extended his hitting streak to six games as the GreenJackets beat the Hagerstown Suns 4-2 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

The GreenJackets won their third game in a row and recorded double-digit hits for the third consecutive game.

Jones has been a big part of Augusta’s hitting surge, picking up seven hits in his past three games after going 2 for 4 on Monday. He has totaled three doubles, three walks and five RBI over his hitting streak.

“The biggest thing with Jones is keeping him aggressive,” manager Mike Goff said. “He’s got a nice swing, and he’s going to hit if he stays aggressive. The last three or four ballgames, he’s been a lot more aggressive, and he’s getting his hacks. He’s put together some pretty good at-bats.”

The GreenJackets have scored 24 runs in their past four games after plating seven in the four games before that. The team-wide surge was evident Monday as four GreenJackets each had two hits.

Left-hander Christian Jones notched a second consecutive shutout performance, allowing only three hits over six scoreless innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out six.

Jones has thrown 11 scoreless innings over his past two starts, giving up three hits with one walk and 13 strikeouts.

The left-hander threw a tailing fastball at 89-91 mph, combined with an effective curveball and changeup. He induced seven swinging strikes and kept the ball on the ground with nine grounders.

“The fastball command was a lot better tonight,” Jones said. “They were swinging a lot early. The fastball was running a little more tonight and they were pounding it into the ground with a good defense behind me.”

Augusta (11-7) scored its first three runs in the fourth. Tyler Ross drove in a run on a sacrifice fly, and Randy Ortiz doubled home two.

Christian Arroyo added a run in the fifth on an RBI single for a four-run lead.

As a team, Augusta totaled 11 hits and had four doubles.

GREENJACKETS 4, SUNS 2

STAR OF THE GAME: Augusta starter Christian Jones threw six scoreless innings with six strikeouts.

PLAY OF THE GAME: GreenJackets center fielder Randy Ortiz doubled home two in the fourth for a 3-0 lead.

NEXT: Hagerstown at Augusta, 7 p.m. Tuesday

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