GreenJackets Fly Past RiverDogs, 8-4

May 14, 2010 6:37 PM

CHARLESTON, SC- Augusta ratcheted four runs on four hits in the first inning in racing to an 8-4 win over the Charleston RiverDogs in front of 5,078 fans in South Atlantic League action at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park Friday night.

With the victory, the GreenJackets end their two-game losing skid and climb to 20-15, while the RiverDogs' win streak comes to a halt at four-games, as the club falls below .500 at 17-18.

Charleston starter Kelvin Perez allowed the first five batters of the game to reach highlighted by a RBI single from Chris Dominguez and a two-run double by Tommy Joseph. Ryan Lollis RBI groundout completed the 4-0 frame.

The RiverDogs cut the score to 4-1 in the bottom half courtesy of Luke Murton's RBI groundout.

Lollis stroked a RBI triple as part of the GreenJackets' two-run third inning upping the margin to 6-1.

Justin Milo singled to start the bottom of the third and advanced two bases on Murton's double. Rob Lyerly notched a RBI groundout, and Murton came plateward on a wild pitch for a 6-3 score.

Dominguez hammered a two-run home run - his fifth of the year -- to left-centerfield off Mike Solbach in the sixth, growing the advantage to 8-3. Solbach worked 3.0 relief innings for Perez and registered eight strikeouts.

Murton concluded the scoring at 8-3 in the seventh with a RBI double.

Perez (2-1) lost for the first time this season allowing six runs in his 3.0 innings of work. Augusta's Chris Heston (2-3) recorded his first win since April 14 surrendering two earned runs in 6.0 innings with no walks and four strikeouts.

Murton and Kelvin Castro paced Charleston with three hits each, while Nick Liles contributed three hits and a pair of runs scored.

The final contest of this series is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch on Saturday night. Charleston sends left-hander Shaeffer Hall (2-1, 1.79) to the mound, while Augusta counters with right-hander Jorge Bucardo (1-2, 2.53).

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FUN AT THE BALLPARK: It was another Force Protection Red Shirt Friday; fans that wore a red shirt got a dollar off on the walk-up ticket price and then had the option to donate that dollar to a military family with parents fighting overseas.  The RiverDogs' faithful also were treated to a spectacular Piggly Wiggly fireworks exhibition following the game. The team also welcomed local Girl Scout Troops to The Joe for Girl Scout Night as the girls earned badges as they enjoyed the game. Additionally, local author Joseph Wallace was at the park selling autographed copies of his new book, "Diamond Ruby," that is based on the true story of Ruby Lee Thomas, a female pitcher from New York who struck out baseball legends Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.  Also, Little Black Book helped as fans set the Guinness World Record for Largest Game of Telephone. Force Protection Red Shirt Friday/Piggly Wiggly Post-Game Fireworks/Girl Scout Night/Joseph Wallace Book Signing/Little Black Book Largest Telephone Game were all presented by Force Protection Industries, Inc., Piggly Wiggly, WEZL 103.5 FM and Little Black Book.

UP NEXT: It's Kia Country of Charleston Saturday at the Ballpark with festivities getting started early with the gates opening at 6 pm.  Don't forget that after the game, kids 12-and under can run the bases.   For our "Be Your Own Fans" of free stuff, we've got two giveaways for you to stand up and cheer for: first, if the beautiful field at The Joe is part of your "Be Your Own Fan" experience, help us thank our award-winning groundskeeper, Mike Williams. We're honoring the SAL Groundskeeper of the Year by giving away 1,000 Chia Heads in his likeness, presented by My TV Charleston; and second, we'll be handing out free Silly Bandz to the first 1,000 fans at the park, courtesy of Wonder Works. Saturday at the Ballpark /Chia Head giveaway/Silly Bandz giveaway are presented by Kia Country of Charleston, My TV Charleston and Wonder Works.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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