It’s almost a sure enough custom at Riley Park for the Charleston RiverDogs to win in walk-off fashion.
Jhalan Jackson delivered the game-winning RBI single for the second night in a row, lifting the RiverDogs, 5-4, over the Augusta GreenJackets in front of 5,631 on Sunday evening, the fifth walk-off win for Charleston this season.
Jackson went 2 for 5 with the game-winning RBI and stroked his third career walk-off hit, his second in two days, into the left-field corner, driving in Jeff Hendrix from second base.
Hendrix reached on a single against reliever Ryan Koziol (1-2) to start the ninth. Thairo Estrada followed with a base hit and Trey Amburgey popped out to set up Jackson’s heroics.
The RiverDogs (13-5) have now won four of their first five series to start the season and sit atop the Southern Division standings, two games up on Columbia and Greenville.
Augusta made the game interesting in the top of the eighth inning, scoring two runs off of reliever David Palladino (1-0), who gave up a two-run lead. The right-hander relinquished two runs to the GreenJackets off three hits and a walk, but picked up his first win of the season.
The RiverDogs got on top first, striking in the bottom of the second off struggling Augusta starter Mac Marshall. After a leadoff walk, Angel Aguilar reached on a fielder’s choice and Connor Spencer reached second on a fielding error. Drew Bridges then followed with the first RiverDogs hit, driving Spencer home to make it 1-0. Eduardo Navas then hit a sacrifice fly into center field, which scored Aguilar to put the RiverDogs up 2-0.
In the bottom of the third, Amburgey reached on the error by Manuel Geraldo, and scored on an RBI single to right field from Spencer, pushing Charleston’s lead to three.
Dylan Davis had an RBI single in the fourth to put Augusta on the board, then the GreenJackets cut the lead to one after Jean Angomas doubled and scored on a one-out single up the middle by Geraldo, cutting the Charleston lead to 3-2.
In the fifth inning, Connor Spencer had on a no-doubt blast into Brittlebank Park for the RiverDogs, pushing Charleston to a 4-2 lead.
The RiverDogs hosted their second Holy City Sunday along with Kids Club Sunday, as the kids were able to chase Charlie around the bases after another RiverDogs walk-off victory.
Charleston is next at the Lakewood Blueclaws of the Northern Division for a three-game series from Tuesday to Thursday, followed by a four-game stint at the Delmarva Shorebirds. The RiverDogs will return back home for a seven-game homestand against the West Virginia Power (May 4-6) and the Hickory Crawdads (May 7-10).
Fans can listen to the game at WTMA 1250-AM as well as online at riverdogs.com.