CHARLESTON, S.C. (DOGS) -John Murphy collected two base hits and had a perfect defensive performance inhis first career start at first base, but the Augusta GreenJackets defeated theCharleston RiverDogs 8-1 on Friday evening in front of 4,322 fans at Joseph P.Riley, Jr. Park in South Atlantic League action.
The RiverDogs are 3-5this season and trail this four-game series with two losses to theGreenJackets, whose record is now 5-4.
In the fourth inning,Augusta opened the scoring. Tyler Ross hit a bases-loaded, two-out single thatscored Brandon Bednar and Devin Harris for a 2-0 GreenJackets lead. Augustaincreased its advantage to 3-0 after scoring in the top of the fifth.
Starting pitcher KeuryMella carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning before the RiverDogs brokethrough and also got on the scoreboard. Michael O'Neill walked and reachedthird base after a stolen base and a wild pitch. Murphy lined a single offMella's leg to score O'Neill and cut the deficit to 3-1.
The RiverDogs threatenedto take the lead during the bottom of the seventh. After reliever StevenMessner picked up two quick outs, Eduardo De Oleo and Murphy recordedback-to-back singles. A Tyler Wade walk loaded the bases and resulted in anAugusta pitching change. Luis Castillo faced Brandon Thomas, who flew out tocenter field for the final out of the frame.
After escaping a jam ondefense, Augusta solidified its lead in the eighth inning. Ryder Jones doubledand brought in Devin Harris for a 4-1 GreenJackets advantage. Two more runsscored on a pair of sacrifice flies that built a five-run lead. In the ninth,Jones struck again with a two-run single that put the contest out of reach.
Mella's no-hit bid puthim in the win column to improve his record to 2-0. Mella allowed one hit andone run while striking out seven in a five-inning start. Giovanny Gallegos tookthe loss for Charleston and is 0-2 this season. This game was also the firstcontest of the season that the RiverDogs were the second team to score.
BALLPARKFUN: Chief Warrant Officer Travis Meyer returned from a nine-month deploymentin the Eastern part of the Mediterranean and surprised his family at The Joe onFriday evening. It was Meyer's third such naval deployment in the last fouryears. Following the contest, fans watched the sky light up over the AshleyRiver during the first fireworks display of the season.
COMING UP: Game three of this four-game series will be amatchup between RiverDogs RHP Brady Lail (1-0, 1.50 ERA) and GreenJackets LHPCarlos Diaz (0-1, 4.50 ERA). First pitch on Saturday is scheduled for 6:05pm.The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a Bill Murray RiverDogsT-Shirt presented by BenefitFocus and Fox 24. It's also Social Media Saturday,when fans are encouraged to make music and promotional game requests to theRiverDogs on Facebook and Twitter. Fans whose requests are chosen will seetheir names on the video board. Tickets may be purchased at the RileyPark Box Office, (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or on-line at www.riverdogs.com. If fans cannot make itto the ballpark, they are encouraged to tune in to all the action this year bothhome and away worldwide on www.riverdogs.comand locally on 1250 WTMA, the new radio home for RiverDogs baseball.
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