AUGUSTA — Claudio Custodio drove in a pair of runs and scored another as the first-place Charleston RiverDogs topped the Augusta GreenJackets, 4-3, at Lake Olmstead Stadium in South Atlantic League action in a back and forth game.
The RiverDogs(31-20) remain in first place in the Southern Division standings. Augusta (29-24) drops to fourth place in the Southern Division standings.
Custodio led the offensive charge for the RiverDogs Thursday night in the leadoff spot. Custodio finished the night 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs, a run scored, a double, and a walk. He also reached base on a fielders’ choice in the third.
Besides Custodio, chipping in offensively was Danny Oh from the ninth spot in the batting order. Oh was 2 for 3 with a pair of singles, an RBI and a run scored. Oh scored the winning run for the RiverDogs in the seventh on Custodio’s single.
Charleston starter Cesar Vargas went five innings with three runs allowed but only one earned on just three hits. He struck out three and walked one as well but did not factor in the decision. Vargas was relieved by Dietrich Enns (4-0) who picked up the win. Enns was dominant as he tossed four perfect innings and struck out five.
GreenJackets starter Matthew Lujan went six innings and allowed three runs on five hits. He had four strikeouts and two walks on the night. Lujan was relieved by Brandon Farley (3-2) who tossed three scoreless innings in relief and allowed a pair of hits en route to the loss.
Game two of the four-game series against the GreenJackets is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. today at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Charleston sends RHP Rafael De Paula (5-2, 2.74 ERA) to the mound as Augusta counters with fellow RHP Martin Agosta (5-1, 2.45 ERA).