HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Austin Aune hit two homers and Isaias Tejeda chipped in with a two-run, go-ahead blast in the ninth as the Charleston RiverDogs came back and defeated the Hagerstown Suns 7-4 in the series finale Wednesday afternoon at Municipal Stadium.
The RiverDogs (15-24 second half, 49-60 overall) trailed 4-3 heading into the eighth. With the bases loaded and one out, Radley Haddad hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Austin Aune for the tying run.
In the top of the ninth, Angel Aguilar reached on an error when the pitcher Koda Glover couldn’t handle the toss from Jose Marmolejos after a ground ball to first. Bo Thompson moved Aguilar into scored position with a sacrifice bunt.
Tejeda stepped in and hit a two-run homer to center and gave Charleston the 6-4 lead. Aune followed with his second homer of the game to add another run of insurance. It was the first time all season that the RiverDogs hit back-to-back homers and the first time a Charleston player hit two homers in a game.
Aune’s first home run of the game came in the form of a solo shot in the top of the second inning, which gave Charleston the 1-0 lead. Hagerstown (17-22, 52-55) tied the game 1-1 when Matt Reistetter scored on a wild pitch by Justin Kamplain.
Charleston went ahead again in the fifth as Vince Conde scored on a wild pitch by Drew Van Orden. The RiverDogs increased their lead to 3-1 in the top of the sixth. Alexander Palma led off with a triple and scored two batters later on Ryan Lindemuth’s suicide squeeze bunt.
Marmolejos hit an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth, and then the Suns tied the game 3-3 when Dale Carey drove in Bryan Mejia with a sacrifice fly to center. Hagerstown took their first lead of the game on Osvaldo Abreu’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.
Kamplain worked 6 2/3 innings and struck out a career-high nine hitters. Sean Carley (2-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn his second win in a row. Alex Robinett made his second appearance with Charleston earned his first save of the season. Koda Glover (0-1) took the loss for Hagerstown after blowing the save in the eighth and giving up the three runs in the ninth.
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COMING UP: The RiverDogs return home for a four-game series against Savannah starting Thursday at 7:05 p.m. Charleston will send RHP Matt Wotherspoon (3-2, 3.72 ERA) to the mound against RHP Casey Delgado (5-3, 3.48 ERA) for the Sand Gnats. You can watch the game on MiLB.tv or listen to the action on “The Big Talker” 1250 WTMA, WTMA.com, and RiverDogs.com.
This is the eighth of 10 Thirsty Thursdays during the season. Enjoy “Happy Hour” with $1 beers and music in the Ashley View Pub presented by Budweiser. DJ Natty Heavy will once again spin popular tunes throughout the game, presented by 95SX. Every Thursday, the RiverDogs pay homage to the standard red Solo cup, everybody’s favorite beverage receptacle. During the Seventh Inning Stretch after “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” the Red Solo Cup song will play in the stadium and all fans in attendance will toast to the red Solo cup.