GreenJackets turn back RiverDogs

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The Charleston RiverDogs could not bounce all the way back after a four-run third inning by the Augusta GreenJackets and dropped the final game of the road trip, 5-2, Wednesday at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

After falling behind 4-0 in the third, Charleston (8-5) started a rally with two runs in the top of the fifth. Jorge Mateo belted a two-run triple to right field that sliced Augusta’s lead in half and made the score 4-2.

However, those two runs would be the only ones Charleston would score in the entire game. Augusta (5-7) added one more to its total in the bottom of the fifth. Their bullpen held the RiverDogs scoreless for the final four innings.

Augusta plated four on five hits in the bottom of the third. A triple by Randy Ortiz, a single by T. Relaford and a double by Jeremy Sy all brought home runs. The GreenJackets scored their first run of the inning on a throwing error by Charleston third baseman Allen Valerio after fielding a Christian Paulino bunt.

The RiverDogs come home with an 8-5 record after going 4-2 on their first road trip of the 2015 season. Charleston remains in first place in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division.

The RiverDogs return home Thursday and play host to the Savannah Sand Gnats for a four-plus game series. The two teams will complete the Sunday’s suspended game beginning at 6:05 p.m. and follow it with the full nine-inning game 30 minutes after it is finished. The first game will resume in the top of the sixth with the RiverDogs in front 8-3. The second game will feature RHP Andre Del Bosque (0-0, 2.84) for the RiverDogs and LHP Brad Wieck (0-2, 3.00) for the Sand Gnats. The homestand opens with a special visit from the Budweiser Clydesdales on the second Budweiser Thirsty Thursday of the season presented by 95SX.