The Augusta GreenJackets scored the tiebreaking run on an error in the eighth inning, pulling out a 2-1 win over the Charleston RiverDogs in a pitchers’ duel in front of 5,339 at Riley Park on Saturday.
The RiverDogs (45-33 overall, 3-6 second half) had evened the score in the fifth, but fell short in a game that lasted just 2 hours, 4 minutes.
Domingo German allowed just three hits and one run over six innings for Charleston in just his second start as a Yankees farmhand. A key piece of a Yankees trade with the Marlins that sent Nathan Eovaldi to Miami in 2014, the Dominican righty struck out three without walking a batter in his second start coming back from Tommy John surgery.
German gave up an early run in the first, but would clamp down thereafter. Giants shortstop prospect Lucius Fox led off the inning with a triple to right and Jalen Miller followed with an RBI single to right to make it 1-0 Augusta. German retired the next 15 batters he faced before giving up a one-out double to Jean Angomas in the sixth.
The RiverDogs tied the game in the fifth, but fell short on a golden opportunity to take the lead. Jhalan Jackson legged out an infield single to lead off and Angel Aguilar smacked a single to right to put runners at the corners. Charleston catcher Audie Afenir stroked a single to left to score Jackson and tie the game at 1. Alex Palma followed with the fourth straight RiverDogs hit with a single to left that loaded up the bases. Left fielder Nathan Mikolas hit a grounder to first that Junior Arias of Augusta stepped on first for the forceout and threw to home as Matt Winn tagged out Aguilar to keep the game tied. Jeff Hendrix flied out to center on the next pitch to end the threat.
In the eighth, the GreenJackets got to RiverDogs reliever Cody Carroll (2-3) to take the lead. Arias reached on an infield single to kick off the rally. On the next play, Shawon Dunston Jr. singled to left on a ball that rolled between the legs of Mikolas in left, allowing Arias to score on the error and give Augusta a 2-1 advantage.
Carroll went three innings, allowing one run on three hits to take the loss while striking out three without walking a batter.
Augusta starter Matt Solter matched German pitch for pitch, tossing seven innings, allowing one run on six hits with four strikeouts to pick up the win.
The game was the shortest nine-inning contest for the RiverDogs this season. Neither team issued a walk.
The RiverDogs celebrated the Independence Day Weekend with a postgame fireworks spectacular. It was also “Redneck Night” at the ballpark with riveting games like toilet seat horseshoes and “guess that car part.”
The RiverDogs take on Augusta in Sunday’s finale at 6:35 p.m. The RiverDogs will start RHP Christian Morris (4-2, 2.26 ERA) as the GreenJackets roll out LHP Grant Watson (2-4, 3.95). The RiverDogs and BUSH’S Beans present a postgame fireworks super show to celebrate the Independence Day Weekend. The RiverDogs will also don their pinstriped uniforms and “HC” caps on a Holy City Sunday at The Joe.