RiverDogs doomed by sloppiness

Charleston RiverDogs

During Charleston's four-game winning streak, the RiverDogs were a model of clean, efficient play.

Things got a little sloppy Wednesday night, and the winning streak came to an end in an 8-6 South Atlantic League loss to Augusta in front of a Riley Park crowd of 3,087.

"They had seven stolen bases, and I don't know how many runs came out of that," said Charleston manager Torre Tyson. "The pitchers did a terrible job holding runners and that's the difference when you look up there and see a two-run ball game. We're not going to win a game having that many errors and allowing that many stolen bases. It's unacceptable. We've got to make some changes."

Charleston (4-2) committed three errors, while the GreenJackets finished with 10 hits and the seven stolen bases in seven attempts.

Trailing 7-2, Charleston rallied with three runs in the bottom of the eighth, highlighted by Melky Mesa's second solo home run of the game and Mitch Abeita's two-run single.

The score was tied at 2 when the GreenJackets took advantage of two Charleston errors in a three-run

seventh to take command of the game. Augusta (2-4) added two more runs in the eighth to move ahead 7-2.

Mesa's two homers, the first of the season for the RiverDogs, was a bright spot, along with an improved performance from starting pitcher Andrew Brackman.

Brackman, the 2007 No. 1 draft choice of the Yankees, was roughed up for six runs in his debut last week, but allowed two runs on four hits in five innings of work Wednesday night, despite seemingly being behind in the count to nearly every hitter.

"Brackman has the stuff to get into trouble and to get out of it with strikeouts," Tyson said. "He almost escaped with nothing. That's the advantage of having the stuff he does."

Brackman left trailing 2-1, but Charleston tied it with a run in the bottom of the sixth when David Adams led off with a triple and scored on Brian Baisley's sacrifice fly.

Augusta took a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the third when James Simmons scored on a throwing error by shortstop Walter Ibarra.

Charleston tied it in the bottom half of the inning on Mesa's solo homer to left, the first homer of the season for the RiverDogs.

The GreenJackets regained the lead, 2-1, on C.J. Ziegler's RBI double in the fourth inning.

Ballpark fun

When the RiverDogs return home on April 25, the first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a free T-shirt courtesy of WCBD.

Coming up

The RiverDogs are at Rome today through Sunday in the first four games of a nine-game road trip that also includes a two-game stop at Savannah and three games at Augusta. The RiverDogs return home April 25-28 for three games against Savannah.

E—Ibarra 2, Mesa. DP—Augusta 1. LOB—Augusta 4, Charleston 7. 2B—Klimas, Perez, Ziegler, Adams. 3B—Adams 2. HR—Adriana, Mesa 2. CS—Brewer. PB—Abeita. SB—Simmons, Peguero, Adriana, Perez 2, Lormand.

WP—Corgan, Kaufman, Wilson, Braboy. HBP—by King (Baisley), by Brackman (Peguero), by Braboy (Perez).

Time—2:45. Att—3,087.