Charleston, SC - Edwin Escobar's first road win in over three months came in dominant fashion on Sunday evening. Falling one out shy of a complete game, Escobar struck out nine and held the Charleston RiverDogs to one hit as the Augusta GreenJackets took three of four from the Riverdogs with a 4-0 whitewashing - Augusta's 11th shutout of the season.
The only hit the RiverDogs had against Escobar came in the fourth inning when Eduardo Sosa led off with a single to right field. That came after Escobar retired the first nine hitters of the game. After Sosa's single, Escobar would retire the next 17 until Sosa worked a walk off Escobar with two outs in the ninth on the final pitch Escobar would throw.
Escobar (6-7) fell one strikeout shy of a career-high with his nine punchouts, allowing one hit and a walk in his 8.2 scoreless innings, retiring 26 of the 28 hitters he faced. Kyle Vazquez got a flyout to end the game and seal Augusta's win - only the second time in the second half the GreenJackets have won a road series.
In the second inning, the GreenJackets got on the board with Myles Schroder's two-out RBI single to take a 1-0 lead. They'd leave the bases loaded to end the inning on a night where they stranded 14 men on the basepaths. The GreenJackets extended their lead to 2-0 in the fourth with Schroder again involved. He walked with two outs, stole second and then scored on Carlos Willoughby's RBI single. In the seventh, the GreenJackets doubled their lead to 4-0 on Devin Harris's two-run double.
Phillip Wetherell (5-8) took the loss for the RiverDogs after throwing just 3.2 innings - the second time in the last three games where Charleston has received fewer than four innings from a starting pitcher. Wetherell allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out one.
The GreenJackets have now won seven of their last nine and head to Greenville to open a four-game series in three days against the Drive. Clayton Blackburn (7-3, 2.63) takes the ball for the GreenJackets in the opener and will face Greenville's Noe Ramirez (2-5, 3.84). First pitch from Greenville comes at 7:05 p.m. with radio coverage beginning at 6:50 p.m. on ESPN Radio 1340 AM and www.greenjacketsbaseball.com.
The GreenJackets return home for the season's final Thirsty Thursday on Thursday August 23rd as they open a four-game series with the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Single-game tickets for any GreenJackets home game are currently available by calling the GreenJackets front office at 706-922-WINS and online at www.greenjacketsbaseball.com.