Infielders Vince Conde and Gosuke Katoh each led the way with three hit nights as the Charleston RiverDogs pounded out 11 hits to cruise past the league-leading Augusta GreenJackets, 6-1, in the rubber match of the series on Thursday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Conde drove in three on a trio of RBI singles in his final three at-bats of the night to extend his hitting streak to seven. Katoh went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
In a potential first round playoff preview, the RiverDogs (66-56, 24-29) handed the GreenJackets (69-53, 33-19) their second straight loss after the second half division leaders had won nine in a row.
After falling behind in an early 1-0 hole, Charleston would grab the lead with a two run fifth. Third baseman Mandy Alvarez along with Katoh each singled to put runners on before moving up on a sacrifice by Cesar Diaz. On the next play, shortstop Kyle Holder’s chopper to second bounced off the glove of Augusta second baseman Richard Amion for an error that tied the game at 1-1. Conde smashed the first of his three RBI base hits to give the RiverDogs a lead they wouldn’t relinquish at 2-1.
In the seventh, the RiverDogs added two more on RBI knocks by Katoh and Conde once more.
In the eighth, the RiverDogs put the pressure on with the running game to steal three bases, two by Diaz and one by Conde with the former Vanderbilt infielder collecting his third RBI single in a row and scoring on a wild pitch that made it 6-1. With the three hit night, Conde raised his average to .385 in 15 games with Charleston.
RiverDogs righty Christian Morris (8-4, 3.12) was solid in his 19th start of the season. Bouncing back from a pair of rough outings in which he gave up a combined 11 runs in ten innings, the former Hoosier looked sharp, going six strong innings allowing one run on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts to pick up the win.
Hobie Harris worked three innings of relief to pick up his first save of the season while striking out four.