Chuckie Jones drove in four runs as the Augusta GreenJackets won 8-5 and split the series with the Charleston RiverDogs Monday night in South Atlantic League play at Joseph P. Riley,Jr. Park in front of 3,113 fans.
The RiverDogs are now 12-10 in the second half and 51-39 on the season. The GreenJackets move to 49-42 on the season and 11-11 in the second half. Charleston remains in second place in the Southern Division for the second half of the season while Augusta is in fifth place.
The GreenJackets came out swinging in the first inning and were also helped out by some shaky RiverDogs defense. A Trevor Brown single and two errors loaded the bases for Chuckie Jones (2-3, 4 RBI, HR) who then plated all three base runners with a double to deep center field. All three runs were unearned.
Andrew Cain made the score 4-0 in the second inning with his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot to left.
In the third inning, Jones picked up his fourth RBI of the night and made the score 5-0 as he blasted his fifth homer of the season.
Charleston cut into the Augusta lead with runs in the third and fourth innings. In the third inning, Wes Wilson doubled to left field and later scored on a Cito Culver double. Another Wilson double in the fourth inning with the bases loaded scored Angelo Gumbs and Dante Bichette, Jr. and made the score 5-3 after four innings.
RiverDogs starting pitcher Luis Niebla (3-5) was relieved after four innings in which he allowed two earned runs on six hits, issued two walks, and struck out two batters on the way to his fifth loss of the season.
Bichette then made the score 5-4 in the sixth inning as he scored on a Kelvin De Leon groundball single to right field.
After three scoreless frames, Augusta pushed insurance runs across in the seventh and eighth innings. Stephen Branca doubled to center field and later scored on a Cain triple to right-center in the seventh. Matt Duffy led off the eighth with a walk and eventually came around to score on a Shayne Houck single. Houck later scored on a wild pitch to make the score 8-4.
In the bottom of the eighth, Bichette's seventh homer of the season kept Charleston within striking distance with the score at 8-5. He led all RiverDogs batters going 2-3 with a home run and three runs scored.
However, Tyler Mizenko entered the game after the Bichette home run to record the final five outs and shut the door on the RiverDogs. In his 1.2 innings of work, Mizenko allowed one hit, no runs, walked one batter, and struck out one batter as he picked up his 21st save of the season.
The winning pitcher was Jorge Bucardo (1-0). In his 1.1 innings of work he allowed no hits, no runs, walked one batter, and also struck out one batter on way to his first win of the season.