AUGUSTA — Brett Gerritse hurled six innings of shutout relief for his fourth win as the Charleston RiverDogs shut out the Augusta GreenJackets, 6-0, on Saturday night in South Atlantic League action at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
The RiverDogs have taken the first two games of this four- game series to improve their record to 59-51 (20-23 second half). The GreenJackets’ sixth straight loss put their record at 52-59 (20-22 in the second half).
The RiverDogs used small ball to seize the advantage in the third inning against starter Paul Davis (5-5).
Francisco Arcia and Cody Grice began the frame with singles and were bunted to second and third. An Ali Castillo single brought in one run, and a Cito Culver sacrifice fly scored the second for a 2-0 advantage.
Charleston added single runs in the fourth and fifth to increase its lead to four. The first run scored when Saxon Butler singled and later came home on a groundout by Arcia.
One inning later, a Ben Gamel triple scored Castillo, who had doubled.
The 4-0 lead was entrusted to Gerritse (4-5) after starter Scottie Allen began the game with two shutout innings and four strikeouts.
The GreenJackets were only able to collect four hits and work one walk against the right-hander in six innings.
After Cuvler provided some insurance in the top of the ninth inning with a two-RBI single, Nick Goody secured the shutout with a perfect bottom of the inning.
Game two of the series is scheduled for today at 5:35 pm with the RiverDogs starting right-hander Bryan Mitchell (7-8, 5.13 ERA) against Augusta lefty Edwin Escobar (4-7, 3.66 ERA).