The Augusta Greenjackets ended the Charleston RiverDogs four-game winning streak by the score of 7-2 at Joe Riley Park in Charleston Tuesday night.
The Greenjackets jumped on RiverDogs starter Nick Green (0-2, 9.95 ERA), who struggled with his control during his four innings on the mound. He walked the first two Jackets to set the stage for Kelvin Beltre. Beltre ripped a double deep to center over the head of Blake Rutherford to late Anthony Marks and Kevin Rivera for a quick 2-0 lead.
The Greenjackets mounted another attack in the second inning that plated two more runs. Ashford Fulmer drove in Brandon Van Horn for the third run with a line drive to right field. Fulmer would score when Marks hit a ball first baseman Brandon Wagner could not handle for the fourth Augusta run.
The only RiverDog runs came in the second and third innings. Brandon Wagner RBI single to right that brought home Estevan Florial after he had doubled in the second. Hoy Park had a RBI groundout that scored Oswaldo Cabrera in the third.
Augusta’s Kelvin Beltre hit an opposite-field home run to right field off Nick Green in the top of the third and went 2-for-4 with three runs driven in on the night. The final Augusta run came on an infield single Anthony Marks hit to Hoy Park at short he fielded, but could not get a throw off to first. Fulmer scored to make it 6-2. Marks would drive in Van Horn with a double to left field in the ninth to bring the score to the eventual final, 7-2.
Kolton Mahoney pitched well in relief of Green, coming into the game in the fifth, pitching three innings, allowing just one hit while striking out four. Anyelo Gomez came in for the eighth and ninth giving up one run, earned, striking out three batters while walking in one.
Charleston manager Pat Osborn had this to say about starter Nick Green, “It‘s just didn’t look like he could get comfortable, his fastball, his curveball. His best pitch tonight was actually his changeup. If he would have gone to it earlier, who knows what would have happened. Maybe he would have found it, but just couldn’t get in the groove, and we didn’t play very good defense behind him, and the result is because of that,” he said. “That’s the game. You’re going to have good days. You’re going to have bad days. Today was a bad day. Offensively, defensively. You know, the bullpen pitched pretty well. They’ve been the bright spot other than the offense. We’ve gotta catch the ball and make plays. We’re still in a good spot, 4-2 to open the year, but I think we can play a lot better.”