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RiverDogs Pummel GreenJackets 11-4

The Charleston RiverDogs routed the Augusta GreenJackets 11-4 Saturday evening at Joe Riley Park. The RiverDogs offense was efficient as they scored those 11 runs on 11 hits. Donny Sands, Isiah Gilliam and Mandy Alvarez each had two hits and drove in eight runs between the three of them.

The Dogs jumped out on the GreenJackets early off of starter Caleb Barragar (L, 2-6) in the bottom of the first. Hoy Park led the inning off with a walk. After Diego Castillo flew out to centerfield, Park was erased on a fielder’s choice ground out to shortstop off the bat of Blake Rutherford. Estevan Florial walked and Donny Sands drove home Rutherford with a single to right field to make it 1-0 Dogs. Isiah Gilliam ripped a double over leftfielder Jean Angomas‘ head to drive in Florial for a 2-0 lead. Mandy Alvarez chased home Sands and Florial with a single to make it 4-0 Dogs.

The GreenJackets fought back against Dogs starter Austin DeCarr in the top of the fourth. Jose Vizcaino Jr. started things off with a line drive single to left field. Sandro Fabian grounded out to third baseman Chris Hess to advance Vizcaino to second. DeCarr then issued a walk to Frandy De La Rosa to load the bases. Michael Bernal came through in the clutch with a single to center to score Vizcaino and Heyward cutting the RiverDogs lead in half, 4-2. Ashford Fulmer plated De La Rosa with a center to left field and bring the Jackets to within 4-3. RiverDogs manager Patrick Osborn summoned Adonis Rosa from out of the bullpen and Rosa got Jean Angomas to pop out to Chris Hess at third and Kelvin Beltre to line out to Ben Ruta in left field.

DeCarr struggled with his command and ended up going three and one-third innings allowing three runs that were all earned on three hits while walking five batters. Rosa (W, 2-2) pitched strong in relief going three and two-thirds innings allowing three hits, one run which was earned while striking out four batters. Phillip Diehl pitched the final two innings for the RiverDogs not allowing a hit and striking out four. “Austin struggled a little bit with his command. He’s still coming back. He’s had some bad luck with some injuries, but Adonis came in and did a good job. Phil came in and shut the door, so nice win,” Osborn said of his pitchers’ performances.

The RiverDogs pulled away for good in the fifth when Sands doubled in Florial to make it 5-3 Dogs. Gilliam struck out on a wild pitch, but reached first on the play when catcher Skyler Ewing fired the ball down the right field line allowing Sands to score for a 6-3 lead. On the same play, Gilliam ended up on second and Alvarez singled to right field to score him to make it 7-3. After Ruta walked, Chris Hess picked up his first hit for the RiverDogs since being called up with a triple into the left field corner that sent Alvarez and Ruta home to extend the lead to 9-3.

The Dogs would pick up two more runs in the sixth when Gilliam lined a double down the right field line that scored Rutherford and Florial to make it 11-3. Augusta tacked on a run in the seventh when Vizcaino doubled in Skyler Ewing to bring the score to what would be the eventual final of 11-4.

The 11 run outburst was quite the contrast to last night’s victory in which the RiverDogs scored two runs, both on bases loaded walks. “Everyday is new in baseball. What you do the day before will never predict what you do the day after and vice-versa. Really nice job. Put up crooked numbers in the first, fifth and sixth,” Osborn said. “We continue to swing the bats well. We’re clicking right now. We’re playing well. We’re getting big hits. We’re getting extra base hits. The win-loss record is showing that, so we got to keep it going.”

With the victory, the RiverDogs improve to 7-2 on the second half and 41-38 overall. The GreenJackets fall to 4-6 in the second half and 27-48 overall. The RiverDogs have taken the first two games of the four game set. Game three will be played Sunday evening at Joe Riley Park at 5:05 PM.

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