The Charleston RiverDogs moved to 4-1 on the young season with yet another comeback to defeat the still winless Augusta Greenjackets (0-5) by the score of 9-8 at Joe Riley Park in Charleston.
It was a back-and-forth event at The Joe. Augusta jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Dogs starter Nick Nelson (4 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO) who struggled with his control. The big blow of that really for Augusta was Kelvin Beltre‘s two-run single to center scoring Ryan Kirby and Jacob Heyward.
Charleston would take a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the third on a dropped pop up from Oswaldo Cabrera on the infield to second basemanKevin Rivera with bases loaded that scored Diego Castillo and Isiah Gilliam.
After trading in runs in the fourth, Augusta took an 8-5 lead in the top of the sixth off of RiverDogs reliever David Sosebee (1.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 SO). Augusta tied the game at five on a wild pitch from David Sosebee that scored Ryan Kirby. Will Albertson brought home Jacob Heyward with a base hit to left to give Augusta a 6-5 lead. Rivera would double to center field on a ball Dogs center fielder Blake Rutherford misjudged, and dove for that scored Tyler Brown for a 7-5 Jackets lead. The lead extended to 8-5 when Anthony Marks laid down a squeeze bunt that scored Albertson.
The RiverDogs responded right back with three runs in the bottom half of the sixth. Hoy Park brought in Leonardo Molina for the sixth run with a line drive to right. Angel Aguilar hit a line drive to left-center field to drive in Park and Diego Castillo and tie the score at 8.
Things would stay that way until the ninth when Charleston would load the bases against Augusta reliever Cesar Yanez. Yanez walked the bases-loaded and then threw a wild pitch that nestled in the backstop while Diego Castillo scored the game-winning run resulting in a final of 9-8 in favor of the RiverDogs.
Trevor Lane (2-0) earned the win for the RiverDogs in relief of Sosebee by pitching three and two-thirds inning allowing only one hit and striking out two.
Angel Aguilar and Diego Castillo led the attack for the Dogs, both going 2-for-4 at the plate. Castillo scored three runs while Aguilar drove in two runs.