CHARLESTON, SC – The Augusta GreenJackets defeated the Charleston RiverDogs, 6-2, in extra innings behind a four-inning 10th frame on Thursday night in front of an energetic 4,928 strong at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.
With the loss the RiverDogs (10-5) will retain at least a share of the Southern Division lead in the South Atlantic League.
The score was tied moving into the tenth inning at two runs apiece when the craziness ensued. James Reeves began to work his second inning of relief, striking out four in the inning, but had some mistakes in between. The Summerville native started the inning off right with a strikeout of Gustavo Cabrera and Jean Angomas, but the pitch got in the dirt allowing Angomas aboard.
Reeves came back with two more strikeouts. After a stolen base, the fourth strikeout from the lefty relented yet another ball to the backstop, and a walk to load the bases, leading to a pitching change. Andrew Schwaab came in to replace Reeves, coming in to face Seth Harrison. The GreenJacket center fielder lined a fastball into right field, scoring Angomas and Geraldo, on the 2 RBI single. The ball got away from first baseman Chris Gittens on the relay, allowing the runners to advance, putting them on second and third with two outs. With Augusta up 4-2, Dillon Dobson stroked his 2 RBI double into center, giving the GreenJackets a 6-2 advantage. Schwaab then retired Dylan Davis with a strikeout of his own, accounting for the fifth Charleston strikeout of the inning.
Reeves recorded his first loss (1-1) giving up three runs on one hit, a walk, and six strikeouts.
It didn’t take long for the RiverDogs to get offensive, as they scored two runs to open the contest. Outfielder Jeff Hendrix led off the inning with a line drive single to left field. After a strikeout and a Hendrix stolen base, the red hot Trey Amburgey laced an RBI single up the middle. A groundout moved Amburgey to second, and Jhalan Jackson drove in the second Charleston run of the inning on a liner back up the shoot to make it 2-0.
Augusta struck back in the top of the second and fourth with a run in each inning. With runners on first and second, Angomas grounded into a fielder’s choice, but drove in the first GreenJackets run, scoring Davis to make it 2-1 in favor of the RiverDogs.
In the top of the fourth with one out, Angomas singled to left field, driving in Beltre to tie the game. On the play, Angomas tried to advance to second, but the throw home was cut off by RiverDogs’ first baseman Chris Gittens to catch the Augusta outfielder in a rundown.
Brody Koerner was the starter for the RiverDogs who tossed a season high 7.2 innings with eight strikeouts and one walk.
Tyler Cyr (1-1) picked up his first win of the season tossing three innings of no hit baseball, issuing just a walk and five strikeouts.
The RiverDogs had high excitement heading into the night, as it was high-fives galore to go along with the sweet spins of DJ Natty Heavy for the second Budweiser Thirsty Thursday of the season.
The Charleston RiverDogs will take on the Augusta GreenJackets April 22 for the second game in the four-game series, as the RiverDogs roll out RHP Domingo Acevedo (1-0, 2.60) who will take on LHP Grant Watson (1-0, 1.69) with first pitch at 7:05pm. It will also be an ISHPI Red Shirt Friday where the RiverDogs will be wearing red jerseys in support of our military. There will also be a postgame fireworks spectacular presented by Home Telecom.