The Augusta GreenJackets rattled off 10 consecutive runs and defeated the Charleston RiverDogs in a 14-3 two-hitter on Sunday in front of 3,980 fans at Riley Park. RiverDogs designated hitter Kale Sumner tossed two shutout innings of relief in his professional pitching debut, retiring all six batters he faced.
The GreenJackets (14-17 second half, 48-51 overall) snapped Charleston's (14-16, 47-53) four-game win streak.
Charleston claimed a quick 1-0 lead during the first inning when Michael O'Neill opened with a double to left field. A wild pitch to Tyler Wade moved O'Neill to third and a groundout by Wade scored O'Neill.
In the top of the second, Augusta went up 2-1 before rain halted play for 69 minutes. The GreenJackets added one run in the top of the third. A seven-run fourth inning increased Augusta's lead to 10-1, putting the game out of reach.
During the sixth inning, Dustin Fowler went deep and cut the deficit to 10-3. Fowler's two-run blast and O'Neill's first-inning double were Charleston's only hits in the game.
Augusta responded with a four-run rally with one out in the top of the seventh. Ryder Jones collected a ground-rule double and scored on a single from Ross. Horan singled ahead of Sy, who lifted a three-run blast for his ninth home run this season, giving Augusta a 14-3 lead.
In the final two innings, Sumner made his pitching debut. Sumner, who has caught and played the corner infield and outfield positions in his professional career, retired six straight batters over the eighth and ninth innings. During those frames, the public address system frequently played "We Once Were Warriors" by Hawaiian Teddy Bear, Sumner's walk-up song as a hitter.
GreenJackets reliever Raymundo Montero earned his first win of the season, improving to 1-3 following three scoreless and hitless innings. RiverDogs Omar Luis was charged with the loss and slid to 2-4 this season. Augusta also had a position player pitcher as Eric Sim, a catcher who did not start on Sunday, pitched a perfect ninth inning and struck out Sumner to end the game.
BALLPARK FUN: The RiverDogs pulled out all the stops on Pirates and Princesses Night at The Joe. Blackbeard's Cove supplied pirates that roamed around the ballpark while Glass Slipper Productions provided a pregame meet and greet with their Snow Queen and Snow Princess. Also, the RiverDogs' new video board featured special player headshots with Augusta's players replaced by princesses, and Charleston's players were decorated with pirate regalia.
COMING UP: The finale of this four-game series ends on Monday with a special 12:05pm start time. Charleston RHP Gabe Encinas (0-1, 15.75 ERA) is scheduled to face Augusta LHP Steven Messner (5-2, 4.35 ERA). There will be a Business-Man's Special for $7 upper reserved tickets and, for Service Industry Day, all members of the service industry can buy $5 general admission tickets. Coors and Magic 107.3 are presenting Dollar Dogs and Beers Night in the Ashley View Pub.