CHARLESTON, S.C. (DOGS) - TheCharleston RiverDogs debuted their specially-made seersucker uniforms andstaged a late comeback against the Augusta GreenJackets, but the new jerseysdid not lead to a victory as Augusta won 3-2 on Sunday in front of 4,312 fansat Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in South Atlantic League action.
The RiverDogs are now3-7 this season and have lost five consecutive games. The GreenJackets have a7-4 record after sweeping a four-game series at The Joe.
Both the RiverDogs andthe GreenJackets scored in the opening inning. With two outs and two runnersaboard, Augusta's Christian Arroyo hit a single to right field that wasmisplayed, allowing Brandon Bednar and Devin Harris to score for a 2-0GreenJackets lead.
Charleston cut that leadin half during the bottom of the first. Abiatal Avelino came in on an AaronJudge single that brought the RiverDogs within a run. Two batters later,Michael O'Neill hit a fly ball to left-center field that bounced over the wallfor a ground-rule double, holding Judge at third base. Both runners werestranded in scoring position on an inning-ending fly out.
Augusta pushed itsadvantage to 3-1 in the fourth inning. Shawn Payne collected a leadoff doubleand quickly moved to third on a Tyler Horan single. Leonardo Rojas groundedinto a force out that scored Payne for the two-run margin.
The RiverDogs bullpen heldthe GreenJackets scoreless through the final five innings of play. Cesar Vargasstruck out four in three shutout innings while Stefan Lopez answered with twoclean innings of his own.
GreenJackets startingpitcher Matthew Lujan and reliever Daniel Slania each fired six strikeoutsbefore the RiverDogs started to rally against Raymundo Montero. Tyler Wade andJudge reached and advanced into scoring position on a Mike Ford groundout. Awild pitch scored Wade to cut the deficit to 3-2 while Judge made it to thirdon the play. However, a strikeout and a groundout ended the game as theRiverDogs left the potential tying run at third base.
Lujan was credited withthe victory, improving his record to 2-0. The loss was taken by Charleston'sCaleb Smith, who is now 1-1 this season. Slania picked up a hold before Monteroearned his second save.
BALLPARKFUN: Seersucker Sunday included the debut of the RiverDogs' brand new,specially-made seersucker uniforms, featuring light blue pinstripes, numbers,and "CHARLESTON" script. It was also a big day at The Joe for the children inattendance as it was Kids Opening Day, with 1,000 free youth t-shirts givenaway courtesy of Vapor Apparel and Pepsi presented Kids Eat Free vouchers forthe contest.
COMING UP: Charleston begins a three-game road trip atGreenville on Monday evening at 7:05 pm. The RiverDogs will call on RHP RookieDavis (1-0, 2.70 ERA) to pitch against Drive LHP Cody Kukuk (1-0, 3.38). Afterthe road series, Charleston will return to the Lowcountry and host a three-gameset against the Rome Braves that starts on Thursday, April 17 at 7:05pm at TheJoe. Thursday's homestand opener will be another Budweiser Thirsty Thursdaypresented by 95SX, complete with DJ Natty Heavy, $1 drafts, and a Wild WingCaf wing-eating contest in the Ashley View Pub. The Dunder Chiefs will performa postgame concert adjacent to the Beer Garden thanks to Palmetto Brewery andAwendaw Green. Tickets may be purchased at the Riley Park Box Office,(843) 577-DOGS (3647) or on-line at www.riverdogs.com.If fans cannot make it to the ballpark, they are encouraged to tune in to allthe action this year both home and away worldwide on www.riverdogs.com andlocally on 1250 WTMA, the new radio home for RiverDogs baseball.
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