Augusta entered Sunday with a chance to win its first series of the season, but Charleston’s strong pitching kept the lineup off balance throughout.
The RiverDogs earned a split of the four-game set with a 4-1 victory over the GreenJackets at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Charleston starter Brady Lail shut down Augusta (2-2) over six innings, allowing one run on eight hits. He walked one and struck out five.
Lail, an 18th-round draft pick by the New York Yankees in 2012 out of a Utah high school, threw in the low-90s and reached 94 mph. He combined it with a tough
curveball to avoid hard contact.
“I think he was tremendous,” RiverDogs manager Luis Dorante said. “He used all his pitches well and mixed them up. It’s good when you see a guy throwing his breaking ball first pitch for a strike. It gets hitters guessing.”
The RiverDogs scored three runs in the fourth on a two-run double by Miguel Andujar and RBI single by Eduardo de Oleo.
The GreenJackets got one back in the home half on an RBI double by Tyler Horan.
Charleston (2-2) added an insurance run in the eighth when Andujar singled home a run for a three-run lead.
Andujar finished 3 for 4 with a double and three RBI. Mike Ford picked up two hits, including a double.
Horan went 2 for 4 with one RBI. Brandon Bednar went 2 for 4 with a double, ending the four-game series with seven hits in 15 at-bats.
Augusta starter Carlos Diaz threw three scoreless innings before allowing three in the fourth. He lasted four innings, with two of the runs earned, and struck out five.
Tyler Rogers was solid in relief for the GreenJackets, allowing one run on three hits in four innings. Jake Smith pitched a scoreless ninth.