Fewer than 20 games remain until the South Atlantic League's first-half champions are crowned, and Augusta finds itself battling for the Southern Division with two teams each within two games of the lead.
The GreenJackets were 34-16 and a half-game up on the second-place Columbus Catfish (34-17) entering their series finale Monday night at Lexington. The third-place Asheville Tourists (32-17) were 1 games out of first.
The GreenJackets had gone 14-12 since winning 20 of their first 24 games this season.
Each division's first-half champion automatically qualifies for the postseason and will face the second-half champion in the first round of the playoffs.
FIRE ARMS: Augusta's league-best pitching staff continued to improve last week. The GreenJackets feature five of the top seven pitchers in the league.
Right-hander Henry Sosa (4-0), who gave up just one earned run with a career-high eight strikeouts in five innings Sunday, leads the SAL with a 0.76 ERA.
He's followed by RHP Kevin Pucetas (5-1, 1.17) at No. 3, LHP Ben Snyder (4-2, 1.53) at No. 5, LHP Clayton Tanner (6-2, 1.97) at No. 6 and RHP Adam Cowart (7-3, 1.98) at No. 7.
PROSPECT WATCH: Augusta shortstop Manny Burriss, rated the No. 4 prospect in the Giants organization by Baseball America, was 8-for-32 (.250) with six steals and four RBI in eight games with the GreenJackets.
Outfielder Mike McBryde, rated the Giants' No. 12 prospect, was on a 1-for-15 skid, which lowered his average to .242. He also has 21 RBI and 10 steals.
Infielder Sharlon Schoop (No. 21) has heated up, hitting in seven of eight games to raise his average from .128 on April 27 to .232.
Tanner (No. 13) has pitched well, while RHP Dan Griffin (No. 17), who hasn't started since May 9, is 3-2 with a 3.15 ERA after four scoreless innings Friday at Lexington.
SHUT THE DOOR: Closer Juan Trinidad is 9-for-9 in save opportunities and third in the league.
WHO'S HOT: Infielder Marcus Sanders, the 16th-rated prospect, had hit in five consecutive games and seven of eight.
He's raised his average to .304 by going 13-for-31.
- Matt Weston had hit in eight in a row and 19 of 21 games, raising his average to .291. He's hit safely in 37 of the 46 games he's played in. Weston also leads the team in homers (five) and has driven in 30.
POWER OUTAGE: The GreenJackets failed to hit a home run in Sunday's 5-2 win, ending a streak of six consecutive games with a homer.
BO KNOWS: Shortstop Brian Bocock, who spent the first seven weeks with Augusta before being called up to high Class A San Jose, has continued his impressive play. Bocock was 9-for-26 (.346), with hits in all six games and seven RBI, in the California League.
Reach Steve Sanders at (706) 823-3216 or email@example.com.
IF YOU GO
When: Today-Friday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Lake Olmstead Stadium
Tickets: Start at $6, Box office, www.greenjacketsbaseball.com, (706) 736-7889
Records*: Augusta 34-16, 1st Southern; Greensboro 29-21, 2nd Northern
*Prior to Monday's games