AUGUSTA — Charleston’s Domingo Acevedo logged seven strong innings and Andrew Schwaab slammed the door for his third save of the season as RiverDogs pitching shined in a 2-1 win over Augusta on Sunday at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
The victory gave the RiverDogs (9-2) their third series win in a row to open the season as they maintain their hold in first place in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League.
Before Acevedo (1-0) even took the mound, the RiverDogs gave their pitcher a 1-0 lead on an RBI sacrifice fly by Trey Amburgey that scored Jeff Hendrix, who led off the first inning with a walk.
The GreenJackets tied up the game with a run in the fourth on an RBI double by Dillon Dobson, who crushed his eighth extra-base hit of the year.
Charleston second baseman Thairo Estrada put Acevedo back in line for the win in the sixth with a single to right field that scored shortstop Hoy Jun Park to put the RiverDogs back on top, 2-1.
Needing a lengthy start after the bullpen was taxed from the previous night’s 14-inning affair, Acevedo provided that and then some as he fanned six batters while allowing just a walk in a season-high seven-inning start. The Dominican righty scattered four hits in his third start of the year.
Schwaab came in to work the final two innings and picked up his third save of the year in four chances.
The righty allowed just one baserunner on a single to Zack Bowers in the eighth while striking out three in his fifth outing of the season.
Charleston opens a three-game series at Columbia on Monday at 7:05 p.m. The RiverDogs will send RHP Anyelo Gomez (0-0, 5.40 ERA) to the hill, while the Fireflies will counter with RHP Joe Shaw (1-0, 3.00).