A 20-minute electrical delay, nine strikeouts, and five errors were too much for Charleston to overcome as the division-leading Augusta GreenJackets roughed up the RiverDogs 7-4 in the first game of their South Atlantic League series Monday at Riley Park.
Augusta methodically rolled up a 7-1 lead by the seventh inning, more than enough to withstand Zoilo Almonte's three-run homer in the eighth.
Evan Crawford stung Charleston on the second pitch of the game with a home run over the left-field fence.
Charleston (29-34) evened it in the bottom of the first on an Almonte RBI single.
In the second, Augusta (39-25) made it 2-1 when Ryan Lollis slapped a ball past the first baseman and rounded the bases on a throwing error from the right fielder.
The GreenJackets made it 5-1 in the third. Nick Liles delivered Ryan Cavan and Crawford with a double. Chris Dominguez later drove in Liles.
A delay, caused by the field lights going off, suspended play for 20 minutes and threatened to end the game.
Augusta tacked on runs in the fifth and the seventh. Ydwin Villegas reached on an error, which scored Luke Anders, making it 6-1.
Lollis drove in Joseph Anders to make it 7-1 in the seventh.
The RiverDogs had a short-lived rally in the eighth. Alomonte lined a ball over the left-center field fence, plating J.R. Murphy and Jimmy Paredes, cutting the Augusta lead to 7-4.
Brian Irving (4-1) gets the win for Augusta, allowing one run on three hits. He struck out five in five innings of work. Mitch Lively picked up his first save of the season, with a hitless final inning.
Sean Black (4-5) is charged with the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits, three walks and and three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.
Charleston squares off against Augusta in Game 2 today. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. The Dogs start Jose Ramirez (2-4) and he will face Jeremy Toole (2-2).
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