The Charleston RiverDogs defeated the Augusta Greenjackets 4-0 at Joe Riley Park Wednesday night in Charleston. The RiverDogs took two of three from the Jackets and finished off their opening homestand at 5-2.
Albert Abreu (1-0, 0.93 ERA) kept the Jackets off balance all night in his first start of the season, mixing up his fastball, which reached 100 miles per hour on the radar gun while getting his breaking stuff over for strikes. In five and two-thirds innings pitched, Abreu struck out 11 batters, walking no one, and allowing only two hits. Adonis Rosa relieved Abreu in the bottom of the fifth with two outs and put on his strikeout display. Rosa earned the save by striking out seven Jackets and allowing just one hit over the final three and one-third innings of the game. Between Abreu and Rosa, RiverDogs pitching struck out 18 batters.
“Albert Abreu was something special tonight. What you saw tonight is why he was traded for a big league starter in Brian McCann. Fun to watch. He’s going to be something down the road. He can become an All-Start type pitcher. And then Adonis came in and gave us three and a third of solid relief, so great night,” RiverDogs manager Pat Osborn said.
The Dogs broke through off Augusta starter Domenic Mazza (0-2, 10.80 ERA) in the bottom of the fourth inning. Estevan Florial started things off with a single to left field. After a wild pitch advanced Florial to third, Oswaldo Cabrera hit a ball to shortstop Brandon Van Horn that was ruled a base hit. Van Horn threw the ball away trying to get Cabrera at first, which allowed Florial to score to give Charleston a 1-0 lead. After Leonardo popped it up to Van Horn at short, Carlos Vidal singled up the middle to score Cabrera for a 2-0 Dogs lead. Diego Castillo hit a ball to second baseman Kelvin Beltre that was misplayed putting Vidal at second base. Hoy Park earned an infield single to Van Horn at short, who committed another throwing error scoring Vidal from second to make it a 3-0 Charleston lead.
Hoy Park extended the RiverDogs lead to 4-0 with a towering home run over the right field wall off Jackets reliever Sandro Cabrera for his second of the year, which is also the team’s second. Angel Aguilar and Carlos Vidal both went 3-for-4 for Charleston.
“Their starting pitcher (Mazza) did a pretty good of keeping us off balance with his changeup. A couple of times through the order we made the adjustment, and we were able to get to him there in the fourth, and then Hoy comes up there and hits another homer,” Osborn said.
The RiverDogs hit the road for seven games starting with a four-game series against the Rome Braves, followed by three games in Augusta against the Greenjackets.