Riverdogs rock Augusta in series finale
AUGUSTA, GA - Charleston RiverDogs catcher Wes Wilson went 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles and a single to go along with 3 RBI's to help lead first place Charleston past the Augusta GreenJackets 8-2 Sunday afternoon at Lake Olmstead Stadium in South Atlantic League action.
With the win, the RiverDogs take the series 3-1, plus they improve to 33-21 overall and remain in first place in the Southern Division standings. With the loss, Augusta falls to 30-26 and remains in fifth place in the Southern Division standings.
Charleston's offense was busy Sunday afternoon as they scored two runs in the second inning, one in the third, three in the fifth and another two in the sixth. After back-to-back four hit showings for the RiverDogs, the bats were alive and well for the finale in Augusta as the team totaled 14 hits on the afternoon.
Claudio Custodio was one of the leaders offensively for the RiverDogs, as the young shortstop finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI triple and a pair of singles. Custodio also swept two bags during the game to advance his team lead in stolen bases to 18 on the season.
With both Dante Bichette, Jr. and Peter O'Brien getting the day off, the RiverDogs had to look for offense from other guys and they got it. The bottom half of the order faired well as hitters six through nine combined for seven hits and five RBI's.
Charleston starter Vicente Campos pitched well in his four innings of work but did not factor in the final decision. In Campos' four innings of work, he allowed two runs, one earned on six hits and struckout two. Picking up the win Sunday in relief of Campos was Brett Gerritse (5-3). Gerritse tossed three perfect shutout innings and struckout three. Alex Smith relieved Gerritse in the eighth and closed the game out to secure the Charleston victory.
Augusta's bats were silenced Sunday after bursting out for eight runs on 14 hits the night before. The GreenJackets first run came across in the first after leadoff batter Jesus Galindo reached on an error by third baseman Fu-Lin Kuo. Galindo would come around to score on a RBI single by Mitch Delfino. Augusta's other run came across on another RBI single by Delfino in the third that plated Galindo yet again.
Augusta's starter Chris Stratton (6-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing a season high 11 hits in his five innings of work. Stratton allowed six runs, all earned and struckout six and allowed just one walk. He was relieved by Steven Okert who went three innings in relief and allowed a pair of runs on three hits. Tyler Mizenko relieved Okert in the ninth and pitched a perfect frame for the GreenJackets.
The RiverDogs will now head home to the friendly confines of Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park to open up a six-game homestand with the Greenville Drive and the Asheville Tourists. Charleston is an impressive 17-6 at The Joe this year. Following an off day on Monday, the RiverDogs open a three-game set with the Greenville Drive when they send RHP Luis Niebla (2-1, 6.62 ERA) to the mound. Greenville will send RHP Justin Haley (2-6, 4.64) to the bump for Tuesday's game which is scheduled to start at 7:05pm. Tickets are still available for all six games of the homestand. You can purchase tickets by visiting the box office at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, or by visiting www.riverdogs.com. Tuesday's game can be heard live locally on ESPN 910 AM or online at www.riverdogs.com.