GreenJackets 5, RiverDogs 2
An error-plagued second inning put the Charleston RiverDogs in a deficit that they were unable to overcome Sunday, losing to Augusta, 5-2, in front of 3,367 fans.
Charleston starter Mikey O'Brien gave up back-to-back singles and hit Jeff Arnold with a pitch to load up the bases with no outs. O'Brien was able to induce a double play on a ground ball by shortstop and former University of South Carolina player Bobby Haney, but a run came home on the play.
It looked as if Charleston would escape the inning with minimal damage, but Chris Lofton reached first on a throwing error from Rob Segedin, scoring another run. Lofton scored on yet another error later in the inning.
Charleston had been playing great defense until Sunday, only committing three errors in the previous six games.
Manager Aaron Ledesma said he is not concerned that the errors will become a trend, because the team's fielding improved as the game went along.
"We did have a nice stretch where we were playing some good baseball," Ledesma said. "We were catching the ball, playing good defense. You're just going to have days like this."
O'Brien pitched five innings, allowing five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits.
"You're not going to win many ballgames playing like that," Ledesma said, referring to the fielding errors. "Mikey (O'Brien) didn't have his best stuff tonight but he battled. We didn't help him out in the field."
Carlos Willoughby had an RBI double in the fourth inning, and Drew Biery hit a solo home run in the fifth to add to Augusta's total.
Charleston looked to rally in the ninth inning, loading the bases with no outs. But Augusta pitcher Stephen Harrold struck out Kelvin De Leon and Eduardo Sosa, and got Jose Mojica to fly out to left field to end the game.
With the loss, the RiverDogs fall to 20-24.
Fans were allowed to bring their pets to the game with them Sunday. Several dogs were seen in the stands with their owners. Parking was free, and kids under 12 ate free.
Today is the series finale with Augusta, with the first pitch scheduled for an unusual start time of 11:05 a.m. It is "Charleston County Education Day," so students from Charleston county schools will be come to the ballpark for a different kind of learning experience.
Charleston's Zach Nuding (4-3, 3.69 ERA) will start for the RiverDogs, while Augusta will go with Mike Kickham (0-1, 3.00 ERA).