AUGUSTA — Josh Rogers cruised through six innings and Hoy Jun Park roped a pair of triples as the Charleston RiverDogs hung on to an early lead to defeat the Augusta GreenJackets, 3-1, on Thursday night in front of an opening night crowd of 4,135 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
The Charleston RiverDogs (7-1) remain atop the Southern Division standings with their fifth straight win, holding a tie for the best record in the South Atlantic League with Hickory.
Rogers (1-1) got into some early trouble in the second after allowing a leadoff double to Kelvin Beltre but otherwise saw little action on the basepaths in his second start of the season.
After Manuel Gerardo reached on the blunder by the RiverDogs shortstop, Rogers went on to retire the next nine batters he faced.
Rogers finished his six innings allowing three hits, issuing one walk, and striking out eight.
The RiverDogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Trey Amburgey drove in Park with a single to right after the Korean infielder reached on the first of his two triples with one out in the opening frame.
Park tripled again in the fifth, this time with two outs, on a shot smoked to right center field and scored on an error by the GreenJackets shortstop to give the RiverDogs a 3-0 advantage.
After Augusta got a run back in the fifth, Daris Vargas slammed the door in his debut after a call-up yesterday from extended spring training. The Dominican righty pitched three innings of no-hit ball with five strikeouts.
The RiverDogs continue the series with the GreenJackets in Game 2 Friday night at 7:05. The RiverDogs will send RHP Simon De la Rosa (0-0, 10.80) to the hill while the GreenJackets will counter with RHP Logan Webb (0-0, 6.75).