R’Dogs’ rally falls short

— Charleston rallied with a three-run ninth inning, but it wasn’t enough as the RiverDogs fell to Augusta, 8-7, on Friday night. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the RiverDogs (7-2), who are still first in the Southern Division and are tied for the best record in the SAL.

With an 8-4 GreenJackets advantage heading into the top of the ninth, the RiverDogs rallied with four straight hits to put the pressure on the Augusta bullpen. Jhalan Jackson roped his league-leading sixth double to lead things off before Kyle Holder hustled out an infield single to put runners at the corners. Thairo Estrada plated the first run of the inning with an RBI single to right before Kendall Coleman brought in two more on a smash single to right- center to cut the lead to 8-7.

After a sac bunt by the catcher, Radley Haddad, to push Coleman to second, centerfielder Jeff Hendrix drew his third walk of the ballgame to put runners on first and second. After a wild pitch and a strikeout of Hoy Jun Park, the tying run was just 90 feet away with two outs. Augusta reliever forced a fly out to left by RiverDogs first baseman Connor Spencer to end the ballgame on what stymied a three-run, four-hit rally by Charleston. The RiverDogs now have scored 10 runs in the ninth inning through eight games this season after falling just shy of their sixth comeback victory of the season.