Augusta, GA – The Augusta GreenJackets sent 17 hitters to the plate and scored 12 times to break open a three-all tie in a 15-4 win over the Rome Braves on Saturday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium. A win in the series finale on Sunday would give the Jackets three of four over Rome and send their record over .500 for the first time all season.
With the game knotted in the seventh inning, The Jackets hit for over half an hour, with run-scoring hits coming from Josh Mazzola, Andy D’Alessio, Juan Perez, Wendell Fairley, Matt Klimas and Dom Duggan. Fairley’s double was the only one of the eight hits in the frame to go for extra bases. In addition, Joel Weeks walked to score a run, Mike Loberg grounded out to bring in another and Ehire Adrianza reached on the inning’s only error to score Mazzola.
The 12-run barrage turned a tight ballgame into a lost cause for the Rome Braves, who scored three runs off Ari Ronick in the sixth to tie the game. With two outs, Braden Schlehuber doubled to score a pair and would come around to score on Samuel Sime’s game-tying single.
Augusta built their lead with a run in the fourth on a Schlehuber throwing error and two more in the fifth on Duggan’s RBI single to score Charlie Culberson and on an RBI single by D’Alessio. The Braves added a run late on a Stephen Shults’ run-scoring double in the eighth.
Ronick (4-4) battled through seven innings to get the win, allowing three unearned runs on seven hits without a walk and with three strikeouts. Matthew Small (0-2) recorded just one out during the long seventh inning, allowing six runs on four hits to take the loss. Of the 12 GreenJackets runs in the seventh, all but one was earned.