CHARLESTON, SC - Right-hander Miguel Yajure dealt five scoreless frames with six strikeouts as the Charleston RiverDogs won their third straight and claimed the four-game series against the Augusta GreenJackets, 4-2, in front of 4,128 at Riley Park on Thursday night.
The Venezuelan hurler faced two over the minimum in the effort with no walks and struck out the side in the fifth to end his night at 61 pitches. Yajure (3-2) capped off a phenomenal series for RiverDogs (50-50, 17-15) starters, who combined for 23 innings, two runs, 27 punchouts and no walks.
Charleston's offensive charge was led by shortstop Wilkerman Garcia and designated hitter Jason Lopez, who both went 3-for-4 and combined for three of the Dogs' four RBI. Garcia doubled home second baseman Welfrin Mateo for the game's first run in the third inning. Lopez roped one his two doubles in the next at-bat off Augusta (50-52, 13-21) starter Aaron Phillips (3-6), plating Garcia to make it 2-0.
The Holy City added an insurance run in the sixth on a Leonardo Molina knock, scoring Jason Lopez after his second two-bagger. Mateo scored his second run in the seventh on Garcia's third hit, a single off reliever John Russell. Garcia, Lopez, Molina and Mateo went a combined 10-for-15, accounting for all of Charleston's offense.
Righty Alexander Vargas threw three innings out of the bullpen, surrendering both Augusta runs but keeping the Dogs' lead intact. Reliever Braden Bristo shut the door with a pair of strikeouts in a scoreless ninth, earning his ninth save and lowering his ERA to 1.96.
With the victory, Charleston claimed its first series victory since taking two of three in Columbia on July 7-9. The series finale defeat in Columbia snapped the RiverDogs' four-game winning streak, and the Dogs had not won at least three straight since.