RiverDogs fall in final game of 1st half

Three Augusta pitchers combined to strike out 10 and stifle Charleston’s offense in a 2-1 win over the RiverDogs in South Atlantic League baseball Sunday at Riley Park.

The RiverDogs (39-29) closed out the first half of the season in second place in the Southern Division with the loss in front of 4,306 fans.

The GreenJackets (38-31) finished fourth in the division won by Savannah, which clinched a playoff spot at the end of the season.

Mason McVay went the first two innings, allowing the only Charleston run in the first inning. After singling to right field and advancing to third on singles by Greg Bird and Peter O’Brien, Cito Culver scored the game’s first run on an error by shortstop Alberto Robles.

Augusta tied it in the fourth, scoring on a fielder’s choice, then took the lead in the eighth on an RBI single by Joseph Rapp.

Matt Lujan went five scoreless innings for Augusta, striking out six, while Brandon Farley (4-3) allowed two hits in two scoreless innings.

All-Star Dietrich Enns was tagged with the loss for the RiverDogs in relief of starter Cesar Vargas. He pitched four innings, allowing one unearned run on two hits and recording six strikeouts.

Children enjoyed a pregame catch on the field with their fathers before the game. Longtime amateur scouting director for the Atlanta Braves, Paul Snyder, was enshrined in the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame before the game.

The RiverDogs will have three days off for the All-Star break. Five RiverDogs were selected to participate in the game, which will be played in Lakewood, N.J. on Tuesday. They will then travel to Rome, Ga., to take on the Braves in a four-game series. They return home June 27 for a four-game series with the Hickory Crawdads.