The Charleston RiverDogs used a pair of RBI groundouts to take a first-inning lead over the Augusta GreenJackets on their way to a 4-2 Friday night series victory in front of 5,119 at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
Center fielder Pablo Olivares and second baseman Wilkerman Garcia each singled to start the home half of the first before shortstop Oswaldo Cabrera and first baseman Dermis Garcia drove home the baserunners with back-to-back groundballs.
Charleston added a run in the second on the strength of a Mitchell Hansen RBI triple, already his second three-bagger in five games with the Dogs, to score right fielder Leonardo Molina.
Dermis Garcia collected his second RBI with a third-inning single to plate Wilkerman Garcia for his second run of the night. Wilkerman Garcia walked, stole second, and advanced to third on a Cabrera fly out before Dermis Garcia drove him in with his knock down the left field line.
Wilkerman Garcia finished the series 5-for-11, swiping three bags and scoring as many runs. The Venezuelan infielder became the first RiverDog this season to steal a base in three straight games and now has a team-leading 11.
Right-hander Miguel Yajure got the nod from manager Julio Mosquera, surrendering both Augusta (42-42, 5-11) runs in the top of the third. The 20-year-old has not allowed more than two earned runs in each of his last four starts.
Righties Daniel Ramos (6-2) and Braden Bristo combined for five scoreless innings in the victory. Ramos threw three innings and allowed one hit out of the pen. Bristo shut the door with a two-inning save, ending the game with a double play ball to wipe out a one-out single.
Charleston relievers have thrown five or more scoreless innings on just one other occasion this season, an April 16th loss to West Virginia.
The Holy City held its position atop the Southern Division standings, matching Asheville with a league-best 10th second-half victory.
Friday’s season finale was capped with Home Telecom Postgame Fireworks. It was the second fireworks display of the holiday weekend. Fans who wore red for military appreciation saved a buck at the gate.
Riley Park will host the 42nd USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series on Saturday at 6:05. An All-American-loaded USA roster will be led by LSU Head Baseball Coach and Former National Coach of the Year. Former Clemson skipper Jack Leggett and former Citadel infielder and current Louisville Coach, Dan McDonnell will meet with fans for pregame autographs and batting practice.
Charleston also starts a brief three-game roady against Columbia on Saturday at 7:05 when right-hander Janson Junk (2-1, 4.08) takes the hill for the RiverDogs. Saturday’s RiverDogs game will be broadcast in the tri-county area on “The Big Talker” WTMA 1250 AM with “Saturday Dog Talk” starting at 5:30. Additionally, the game will be audio streaming live at riverdogs.com and the RiverDogs’ TuneIn radio station.