AUGUSTA, GA – Behind a solid start from newcomer Nick Green, the Charleston RiverDogs snapped a three-game losing skid with a 5-1 victory over Augusta and end a nine-game winning streak for the GreenJackets on Wednesday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Green (1-0, 1.50), the third former Rangers farmhand from the Carlos Beltran deadline deal to join the RiverDogs (65-56, 23-29) this season, impressed in his debut, working around a couple of early jams to pick up the win. After yielding an early run to Augusta (69-52, 33-18) in the first, the righty settled in to finish six innings allowing just the one run with a walk and six strikeouts. The Fountain, Colorado native induced two double plays and kept the ball down with only two fly outs on the night, pitching around five hits and three wild pitches in his third start in the Yankees organization.
In the second, the RiverDogs offense backed up Green. Alex Palma ripped the first pitch he saw to left before Jhalan Jackson tripled to deep center to score the Charleston designated hitter and tie the ballgame at one. The next batter, catcher Luis Torrens, shot a single to left to give the RiverDogs a 2-1 lead.
In the sixth, Chris Gittens added a run on an RBI base hit to right to make it 3-1. Kyle Holder reached on an infield single, the second of his three hits on the night, before Hoy Jun Park reached on a fielder’s choice that the second baseman Miller wasn’t able to flip on to the bag at second in time to get Holder to put runners on for Gittens.
Charleston was helped out by Augusta’s defense in the ninth with the GreenJackets committing three errors that extended the RiverDogs’ lead to 5-1. Cesar Diaz drove in the pair of unearned runs with a single to left.
With the win, the RiverDogs are now 10.5 games back of the GreenJackets in the second half standings. With 17 games left to go, the GreenJackets hold a four game lead in the division in the poll position to face the RiverDogs in the divisional round of the South Atlantic League playoffs.
The RiverDogs continue the series with the GreenJackets, the Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, in the rubber match on Thursday night with the first pitch set for 7:05 pm at Lake Olmstead Stadium. The RiverDogs will roll out RHP Christian Morris (7-4, 3.21) as the GreenJackets send LHP Grant Watson (3-6, 4.30). The game will be broadcast on WTMA 1250 AM and online at riverdogs.com.
Ticket information for the RiverDogs’ upcoming homestand and any of the remaining home games can be secured by contacting the box office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com. Tickets for Game Two of the SAL Divisional Series on Friday, September, 9 at 7:05pm are now available. Those that can’t make it to the park can follow every pitch of the RiverDogs season on WTMA 1250 AM and streaming online at riverdogs.com.