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Saturday, August 3, 2013
Mike Augliera has had some bad starts this season, like when he gave up seven earned runs against Winston-Salem in June and recorded just one out. When things aren't going well, he turns to his routine to get back on the right track.
That mindset doesn't change when things are going well, and boy, is Augliera rolling right now. The 23-year-old threw seven scoreless, one-hit innings to lead Salem to a 3-0 victory over the Lynchburg Hillcats at City Stadium on Saturday night, continuing a recent trend of success.
Augliera has allowed just three hits over 14 innings in his last two starts. This time, he was rewarded with a victory, leaving with a 1-0 lead courtesy of a Mookie Betts seventh-inning RBI single.
"I try not to change much," Augliera said. "I try to get my work in. Good or bad, your routine is going to carry you through a season."
Augliera and Hillcats starter Greg Ross battled pitch-for-pitch Saturday, each pitcher matching the other through six fast-paced innings.
"As a competitor, you always want to go out and beat what the other guy is doing," said Augliera, who picked up his first win since July 4. "We were both able to keep our teams in the game. It was a fun game to pitch in."
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