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
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).
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.