For the second consecutive night, a Charleston RiverDogs pitcher carried a no-hitter past the fifth inning.
Right-hander Cesar Vargas was unable to complete the bid, but he held the Augusta GreenJackets scoreless over seven innings for a 2-0 RiverDogs win Friday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Vargas continued his streak of good performances against Augusta by limiting them to one hit, walking four and striking out three.
A night earlier, Charleston’s Dan Camarena pitched six no-hit innings in the RiverDogs’ 4-1 victory in a game called with one out in the bottom of the ninth because of rain.
Vargas entered the game having allowed just two earned runs on five hits in 10 innings against Augusta (8-7). He induced 11 fly balls and five ground balls. He gave up two line drives.
“He changed speeds and commanded his pitches well,” GreenJackets manager Mike Goff said.
GreenJackets starter Martin Agosta was pulled with two outs in the fifth with what Goff said was a problem with a blister.
Agosta, making his first start since coming off the disabled list with arm fatigue, allowed one run on four hits in 4 ⅔ innings, walking three and striking out three.
The right-hander established his fastball but struggled in putting hitters away, as inconsistent secondary pitches troubled him.
“I thought he looked fine health-wise,” Goff said. “He was a little erratic with his pitches, but he was back to full strength.”
Charleston (8-7) scored in the first inning on an RBI double by Angelo Gumbs, his second RBI of the series, after hitting a home run in his first at-bat Thursday.
The RiverDogs added a run in the eighth on a wild pitch off Mason McVay.
The GreenJackets recorded their lone hit in the sixth off the bat of Alberto Robles, who reached base three times on a single and two walks.
Gumbs went 2 for 3 with a double and RBI.
Shortstop Cito Culver went 2 for 3 with two doubles and a walk for the RiverDogs.