The Charleston RiverDogs and Augusta GreenJackets split a doubleheader Thursday night in South Atlantic League play at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in front of 4,591 fans. Charleston won the first game 8-7 in 18 innings, while Augusta took game two 1-0.
The RiverDogs are now 38-27 on the season and remain in second place in the Southern Division behind the first place Savannah Sand Gnats. The GreenJackets now move to 36-30 on the season and remain in fourth place in the Southern Division.
The first game of the night was the resumption of a game that was suspended April 14 last time Augusta was in Charleston. The two teams played 13 innings before the game was suspended due to rain back in April.
The two clubs played neck and neck throughout the game's conclusion. There was very little action until the bottom of the 17th inning when Charleston threatened to end the game. With the bases loaded and two outs, Taylor Dugas hit a sharp line drive to right field but was robbed of the walk-off hit by an Andrew Cain diving catch that end the inning.
The game would end shortly thereafter. With a depleted bullpen and out of position players, the RiverDogs allowed Ben Paullus (3-1) to bat in the bottom of the 18th. Paullus, who had no intention of swinging, drew a walk and later advanced to second on a Jake Cave bunt single. Two pitches later a wild pitch allowed Paullus to move to third. As he broke towards third, Augusta catcher Eric Sim sailed the throw into left field and brought in the winning run.
Paullus helped himself out as the run gave him his third win of the season. In two innings of work, he allowed no runs on two hits and recorded one strikeout.
Mason McVay (1-2) was tagged with the loss for the GreenJackets. McVay, who entered in the last inning, did not record an out as he allowed one run on one hit and picked up his second loss of the season.
Runs were scarce in the second game as the starting pitchers for each team kept the offenses off balance.
Three pitchers combined for the GreenJackets to shutout the RiverDogs in game two. Martin Agosta (7-2) allowed no runs on two hits and recorded seven strikeouts in seven innings of work as the starting pitcher for the GreenJackets. Steven Okert and Stephen Johnson finished out the game to secure the win for Agosta. In 1.1 innings of work, Okert struck out two batters while he allowed no runs on one hit. Johnson recorded the final two outs and earned his fourth save of the season.
Augusta scored the game's only run in the top of the sixth inning. Mitchell Delfino doubled down the left field line and then scored on a Joseph Rapp double to left center. Although they scored just one run, eight of the nine GreenJackets starters recorded a hit.
RiverDogs starting pitcher Evan Rutckyj (6-4) was relieved in the seventh inning by Derek Varnadore. In six innings of work, Rutckyj allowed one run on five hits and struck out five batters, but picked up his fourth loss of the season.
The RiverDogs got some solid innings out of their bullpen. Varnadore pitched 2.1 innings and allowed no runs on three hits. Alex Smith also made an appearance. In 0.2 innings of work, he allowed no base runners.
Danny Oh's eight game hit streak came to an end as he failed to record a hit.