AUGUSTA — Despite rallying for three runs with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game, Charleston came up short as Augusta swept the RiverDogs out of town with a 6-5 walk-off victory at Lake Olmstead Stadium in a South Atlantic League game Sunday.
The RiverDogs (22-21 second half, 61-50 overall) have lost six games in the past four days.
The GreenJackets scored twice in the bottom of the first to jump out to an early 2-0 lead and added their third run on a solo blast from Mitchell Delfino to lead off the bottom of the third.
Augusta’s fourth run came across in the bottom of the fourth when Shawn Payne doubled in Alberto Robles.
Charleston finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth when Greg Bird led off with a double and later scored on a two-out single by Ericson Leonora.
Leonora was back at it in the top of the eighth when he singled in Angelo Gumbs for the second run of the afternoon. Leonora finished 2 for 5 with two singles and two RBIs.
The GreenJackets took a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI double by Andrew Cain.
Jacob Dunnington came in to close out the game in the top of the ninth, but after getting two quick outs, he allowed a double and a walk before he was pulled by manager Mike Goff.
With Bird stepping to the plate, Augusta went to the bullpen and called upon lefty Steven Okert, who allowed a four-pitch walk to Bird. Okert was then relieved by right-hander Ian Gardeck to face the righty Gumbs. Gardeck threw two wild pitches, scoring both Jake Cave and Cito Culver, and eventually walked Gumbs.
With Gumbs and Bird at the corners, Augusta brought in its fourth pitcher of the inning, Edward Concepcion (1-0). It was just his second appearance this year with the GreenJackets, and he walked Danny Oh on four straight pitches to load the bases. Concepcion then tossed an errant pitch to the backstop, scoring Bird from third to tie the game.
In the bottom of the ninth, Charleston reliever Adam Smith (4-2) allowed a leadoff single by Shawn Payne. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, stole third and scored on a throwing error by catcher Nick McCoy to send Augusta to the win.
Charleston will stay on the road as the RiverDogs take on Savannah at Historic Grayson Stadium in a three-game series starting Monday at 7 p.m.
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