Jose Flores had two hits and drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning for the Augusta GreenJackets as they edged the Charleston RiverDogs, 7-6, in South Atlantic League action at Riley Park with 5,073 in attendance on Saturday night.
Charleston (62-59, 23-31) immediately grabbed the early lead with two first-inning runs. Ben Gamel reached on an error and Cito Culver singled and stole second to put men on second and third. A groundout by Dante Bichette, Jr. brought in one run and a sacrifice fly by Saxon Butler then scored Culver.
In the third, Augusta (60-63, 28-26) came back to tie the game against starter Brett Gerritse. With two on and one out, a wild pitch by Gerritse brought in one run. Later in the frame with the bases loaded, Joe Staley worked a walk to force in the tying run.
Francisco Arcia reclaimed the lead for the RiverDogs in the fourth with an RBI single to right that scored Butler. Ali Castillo made the score 4-2 the next inning when he doubled and scored on an error.
After five innings from Gerritse, reliever Melvin Mercedes was entrusted with holding the lead and threw scoreless ball in the sixth and seventh. Culver then added to Charleston’s lead with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.
With Mercedes (0-1) still on the mound in the eighth, the GreenJackets again staged a rally for a 7-5 lead.
Arcia brought the RiverDogs to within 7-6 with another RBI single off DeMondre Arnold in the eighth, but they couldn’t come up with the tying run.
Chris Marlowe got the final five outs for his second save.
The four-game series ends today when the RiverDogs will send RHP Philip Wetherell (5-7, 6.52 ERA) up against RHP Kyle Crick (5-6, 2.39 ERA) at 5:05 p.m.
The Inflatamaniacs will return after their performance at the SAL All-Star Game in Charleston in June. It will be the final Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission and Crews Subaru Family Sunday of the year. As always, the day will include Free Parking and Kids Eat Free, sponsored by Pepsi. Fans will have their last chance for a pregame catch on the field, reading with a RiverDog and a postgame autograph session with the entire team.