A wild ninth inning that featured a pinch runner, five infielders and a game-deciding wild pitch ended well for the hometown RiverDogs.
Pinch runner Kelvin Castro scored from third on a Jose Valdez wild pitch, sliding in right as the ball reached the pitcher covering home, clinching the 4-3 win for Charleston in South Atlantic League play Tuesday night at Riley Park.
Castro pinch ran for Francisco Arcia, who led off the inning with a single, then got to second on a wild pitch. He moved to third on an Emerson Landoni sacrifice bunt.
The win improved Charleston to 30-34, while the division-leading GreenJackets fell to 39-26.
All-Star Ryan Flannery (5-2) got the win for Charleston, striking out one in two shutout innings. Valdez falls to 3-2 on the year.
Charleston struck first in the bottom of the second. Zoilo Almonte hit a towering shot over the fence in right-center, scoring Rob Lyerly, putting the RiverDogs up 2-0.
The home run was Almonte's fourth in four games, bringing his season total to 10 to go with 34 RBIs.
The GreenJackets tied the game at 2 in the top of the fifth. Dan Cook scored from third on an Ydwin Villegas groundout, and Ryan Lollis followed it up scoring from third on a wild pitch the next at-bat.
Augusta then took a 3-2 lead in the sixth. Lollis singled with the bases loaded, plating Chris Dominguez from third. A pitching change ended the Augusta threat.
Charleston tied it back up in the bottom of the sixth at 3 all. Jimmy Paredes hit a one-out triple, and was brought home on a Lyerly single.
Fun at the Park
The RiverDogs honored local fire departments, taking time during the pre-game to have a moment of silence for the Charleston 9. The 9 were the firefighters who died in the Sofa Super Store fire in 2007.
The RiverDogs wrap up their series against Augusta today. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. Jairo Heredia (2-1) takes the mound for Charleston, and will face Kyle Vazquez (3-2). This will be the last home game until after the All-Star break.
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