After giving up a two-run lead in the top of the ninth, the Charleston RiverDogs needed a few more late-inning heroics as they walked off 5-4 winners for the second night in a row over Columbia in front of a crowd of 4,249 at Riley Park late Friday night.
With their two-run cushion gone, the RiverDogs bounced back with a Jhalan Jackson single up the middle to drive in the winning run scored by Angel Aguilar from second.
After yielding three runs to the RiverDogs in the bottom of the ninth the previous night, the Fireflies provided some timely hits of their own to battle back from a 4-2 deficit in the ninth. David Thompson doubled to left to lead things off for Columbia. Anyelo Gomez labored in two lengthy at-bats but managed to strike out J.C. Rodriguez and force a pop out to short by Tyler Moore. With the Fireflies down to their last out, Vicente Lupo doubled to plate the tying run and force a bottom frame.
After Trey Amburgey grounded out to third, Chris Gittens smacked a double to right center, his first hit as a RiverDog. Aguilar replaced Gittens as a pinch runner and Jackson stroked a shallow single that dropped in front of the center fielder Ivan Wilson to score the speedy Venezuelan from second and lift the RiverDogs to a 2-0 record with their second walk-off win in a row.