R’Dogs return atop Southern division

The Charleston RiverDogs begin a four-game series with the Augusta GreenJackets on Thursday at Riley Park. (Wade Spees/Staff)

It’s been an impressive two weeks for the RiverDogs since Opening Day — 10 wins in 14 games — and the club is hopeful that same success pours into the new home series beginning Thursday.

Back from a seven-game road trip, during which they went 4-3, the RiverDogs return to Riley Park on Thursday night, where they’ll take on the Augusta GreenJackets in a South Atlantic League matchup. Charleston dropped its final game of the roadstand Wednesday to Columbia, 7-0.

The four-game set with the GreenJackets represents the final home series of the month for the RiverDogs, who are currently the top team in the SAL’s Southern Division.

The Greenville Drive are in second place, half a game back after they dropped a 17-inning battle Wednesday.

Charleston is already familiar with the GreenJackets, having taken three of four games from them in Augusta last week. The RiverDogs then dropped two of three in a series with Columbia that ended Wednesday.

Thursday night will be Thirsty Thursday at Riley Park, where fans can enjoy $1 draft beers.

With a single in the sixth inning, Hoy Jun Park extended his hitting streak to eight games as the RiverDogs lost in columbia, only their fourth loss of the season.

Trey Amburgey also continued to produce from the middle of the lineup, jacking his sixth extra base hit in the last three games with a double in the first to start off a 3-for-4 day at the plate.

The RiverDogs (10-4) will retain at least a share of first place in the Southern Division with the loss and finish up their first road trip of the season going 4-3.

Friday’s postgame will feature fireworks, and on Saturday 1,000 free t-shirts will be handed out. The RiverDogs close the series Sunday.

Of the RiverDogs’ 10 total victories to date, three have been in walkoff fashion, which is encouraging to manager Luis Dorante.

“Well one thing is, we don’t give up,” Dorante said last week. “We still battle through it.”