AUGUSTA, GA -
The Augusta GreenJackets kicked off a six game, four day series against the Charleston RiverDogs with two close wins on Thursday sweeping a doubleheader from the Dogs. Augusta took game one 2-0 and game two 5-4.
With the losses, the RiverDogs fall to 22-17 in the second half and 61-46 overall. Charleston stays in second place behind the Lexington Legends. With the win, Augusta improves to 20-18 in the second half and 58-49 overall.
In game one, Charleston's woes at the plate with runners in scoring position did them in. In game two it was three costly errors.
The first game was a suspended contest from July 7th that was resumed on Thursday in the bottom of the third inning with the GreenJackets leading 2-0 and the bases loaded with two outs. John Brebbia started on the mound for the RiverDogs and struck out Chuckie Jones to keep it 2-0 and send the game to the fourth.
After loading the bases with nobody out in the top of the fourth, Charleston was unable to score any runs. The RiverDogs went on to strand two runners in the sixth and seventh innings and came up short falling 2-0.
Brebbia was great for Charleston with a final line of 3.1 innings, two hits, no runs, no walks, and two strikeouts. Evan Rutckyj, who started the game way back in early July, got tagged with the loss. His record now stands at 9-7.
Jorge Bucardo tossed four scoreless innings in relief to collect the win for Augusta and go to 1-0.
Game two was a better showing offensively for both clubs with the GreenJackets scratching across one more run to squeak out the win.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when after a hit by pitch, a single and a walk loaded the bases with one out, Travious Relaford hit a hard groundball right back to the pitcher Brett Gerritse. Gerritse fielded it cleanly and threw home to start what looked like it might be a 1-2-3 inning ending double play. Unfortunately for Charleston, the throw was a bit off-target, everybody was safe, and the GreenJackets went up 1-0. A single, another error, and a sacrifice fly made it 4-0 by the time the inning was over.
In the top of the fifth, the RiverDogs bounced right back and tied it 4-4 on four walks and three big hits. Charleston stranded a couple runners and had an out recorded on the basepaths or it could have been an even bigger inning.
Fast forward to the bottom of the sixth inning, and Augusta got the go-ahead run aboard on an error by Reymond Nunez. A clutch, two-out RBI single from Shawn Payne put the GreenJackets up 5-4, and they never looked back. The Dogs went 1-2-3 in the seventh to end the game.
Both starters were better than their final lines with Gerritse allowing four runs, only two earned, on six hits and two walks for Charleston. Joan Gregorio tossed four innings and allowed two runs on two hits and four walks while striking out five before leaving due to an injury. Neither starter factored in the decision.
Derek Varnadore got the tough luck loss for Charleston after allowing one unearned run on just one hit to fall to 0-4. Mason McVay picked up the win to move to 2-3 with 2.1 scoreless innings with just one hit allowed.
Reymond Nunez was 2-4 with an RBI, and DanielAldrich had a base hit and two walks to pace Charleston offensively in game two.
Game three of this six game, four day series against Augusta is Friday night at 7:05 in Augusta.
LHP Daniel Camarena (3-5, 4.83 ERA) will be on the mound for Charleston and the
GreenJackets will start RHP Chris Stratton (7-3, 3.15 ERA). Fans can listen to the game live locally on ESPN Radio 910AM or online at www.riverdogs.com