After three straight losses to the Sand Gnats, the GreenJackets finally came out on top. Thanks to a dominant pitching performance by starter Matt Lujan, Augusta (54-48) defeated Savannah (59-42) in a 6-1 victory at Grayson Stadium.
Lujan (5-0) continued to impress on the mound. His only hiccup came in the first inning. Savannah's Jorge Rivero led off with a double to center field, moved over to third when Brandon Nimmo grounded out to second and scored on a sacrifice fly by Maikis De La Cruz.
That was the only run Lujan allowed. In his seven innings of work, the southpaw gave up just four hits, one run and one walk while striking out six batters.
Jake Dunnington relieved Lujan in the eighth inning. Dunnington allowed two walks but escaped the inning without allowing a run to score.
Closing out the game for the GreenJackets was Steven Okert. Okert pitched a perfect inning while recording a strike out to secure Augusta's win.
After only recording three runs and eight hits during Saturday's doubleheader, the GreenJackets put up six runs on hits Sunday.
Catcher Trevor Brown plated the first run for Augusta. After reaching base on an infield single, Brown stole home for his ninth stolen base of the season.
The GreenJackets then put up three more runs in the third inning. With one out, third baseman Mitch Delfino singled on a line drive to center. First baseman Joey Rapp then took first base after being hit by a pitch. Then right fielder Chuckie Jones drove both Delfino and Rapp in with his second triple of the year. Jones crossed home later on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Ben Turner.
The GreenJackets scored an additional run in the sixth inning and the eighth inning.
With Sunday's win, the GreenJackets are now 5 ½ games behind the Lexington Legends. They return home for a three game series against the Rome Braves starting with Feed-Your-Face Monday where fans can enjoy an unlimited amount of hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken nuggets, popcorn, Maurice's BBQ, Marco's Pizza, fruit salad, and assorted cheese cake from the time gates open until the end of the sixth for just $11.