AUGUSTA - Shutout pitching from Justin Kamplain and Angel Rincon carried the Charleston RiverDogs to a 5-0 win over the Augusta GreenJackets that guaranteed Charleston's third consecutive winning season on Sunday afternoon in South Atlantic League baseball.
Charleston (38-31 second half, 71-68 overall) tallied an unearned run in the first inning. Claudio Custodio reached on a throwing error to start the game. A groundout by Tyler Wade and a wild pitch from Joan Gregorio moved Custodio to third before Miguel Andujar drove in Custodio with a two-out single.
Kamplain fired four shutout innings and stranded five base-runners, including four in scoring position.
Gregorio overcame the unearned run in the opening frame to toss six innings in a quality start. He struck out 10, tying the best total by any RiverDogs opponent this season.
The RiverDogs maintained their 1-0 lead through the seventh inning with scoreless work by both bullpens. Rincon left runners at the corners in the sixth but was otherwise solid. Brandon Farley replaced Gregorio and struck out the side during the seventh.
Charleston increased its lead to 4-0 in the eighth inning. Wade got on base with an error. A single by Michael O'Neill put runners on the corners. O'Neill stole second base, setting up an intentional walk to Andujar. After a forceout, Jackson Valera singled to score O'Neill. Following a strikeout, Kale Sumner plated Andujar and Yeicok Calderon with a two-out single.
Another RiverDogs run stretched the advantage to 5-0 during the ninth. Bubba Jones led off with a walk and scored on a one-out single from O'Neill.
Rincon pushed his record to 7-3 with five shutout innings to take a victory. Gregorio was charged with the loss, going to 2-7 for the GreenJackets (27-42, 61-76).
The RiverDogs will close out their season on Monday in a 2 p.m. start at Lake Olmstead Stadium. Charleston RHP Gabe Encinas (0-3, 5.93 ERA) will pitch against Augusta LHP Luis Ysla (6-7, 2.51).
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