CHARLESTON, S.C. (DOGS) - Despite three base hits and a run batted in from Mike Ford, the CharlestonRiverDogs lost an 8-2 decision to the Augusta GreenJackets on Saturday night infront of 6,136 fans at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in South Atlantic Leagueaction.
The RiverDogs have a 3-6record after their fourth consecutive loss while the GreenJackets are now 6-4.Augusta has won the first three games of this four-game set at Riley Park.
All eight of Augusta's runswere scored before the RiverDogs scratched the scoreboard. After scoring two inthe first inning, the GreenJackets drove in Brandon Bednar from first base on aDevin Harris double in the third that increased the lead to 3-0.
The lead doubled in thefourth on a two-run double by Tyler Ross and a run-scoring groundout from RyderJones that built a 6-0 advantage. In the top of the sixth inning, John Poloniusand Ross both scored and brought the lead to eight runs.
Charleston added theironly scores in the sixth and seventh innings. Tyler Wade had a leadoff walk inthe sixth and scored on Ford's double that cut the Augusta advantage to 8-1. Adouble from John Murphy, coupled with a GreenJackets throwing error, scoredMichael O'Neill in the seventh to trim the gap to 8-2.
Ford finished the game3-of-4 while Murphy had two hits in his third consecutive multi-hit outing. Thebest RiverDogs effort on the mound came from reliever Philip Walby, who retiredall six batters that he faced while striking out three in a row. Walby has yetto allow a baserunner in four innings pitched this season.
Augusta's Carlos Diazearned the victory and evened his record at 1-1. Charleston's Brady Lail wastagged with the loss and also has a 1-1 record this season.
BALLPARKFUN: A season-high 6,136 fans watched Saturday's action at The Joe, with thefirst 1,000 of those fans receiving a Bill Murray RiverDogs t-shirt whileentering the ballpark. Children that stayed through the end of the game hadtheir first chance to run the bases this season, a staple of Saturday homegames at Riley Park.
COMING UP: The finale of this four-game series will be abattle between southpaws as RiverDogs LHP Caleb Smith (1-0, 0.00 ERA) facesGreenJackets LHP Matthew Lujan (1-0, 1.13 ERA). Sunday's game is scheduled tostart at 5:05pm. Kids Opening Day on the first CCPRC and Crews Subaru Kids ClubSunday includes many fun features for young RiverDogs fans. Some of thefestivities include a youth t-shirt giveaway for the first 1,000 kids (12 &under) through the presented by Vapor Apparel and Kids Eat Free courtesy ofPepsi. The RiverDogs will also sign autographs following the game. Ticketsmay be purchased at the Riley Park Box Office, (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or on-lineat www.riverdogs.com. If fans cannot makeit to the ballpark, they are encouraged to tune in to all the action this yearboth home and away worldwide on www.riverdogs.com and locally on 1250 WTMA, the new radiohome for RiverDogs baseball.
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