Augusta GreenJackets benefit from Ryder Jones' hitting streak in win

GreenJackets 4, Suns 2

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

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Augusta's Christian Jones allowed three hits and no runs while striking out six in six innings in Monday's victory.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Augusta's Christian Jones allowed three hits and no runs while striking out six in six innings in Monday's victory.

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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