The Charleston RiverDogs used clutch two-out hitting to roll past the Augusta GreenJackets 8-2 on Sunday at Lake Olmstead Stadium and take the series win.
The win puts the first-place RiverDogs four games ahead of the GreenJackets in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division. Five games remain between the two teams before the first half ends.
After collecting eight runs and 14 hits in Saturday’s game, Augusta (30-26) was held to two runs and seven hits in the series finale, giving Charleston (33-21)
three wins in the four-game series.
The RiverDogs scored six of their eight runs with two outs, going 7 for 19 with runners in scoring position.
“They got the big two-out hits and we didn’t. That’s the bottom line,” manager Mike Goff said.
RiverDogs catcher Wes Wilson went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBI. Claudio Custodio went 3 for 5 with a triple and RBI.
Charleston’s Reymond Nunez and Jose Rosario each had two hits and one RBI.
GreenJackets third baseman Mitch Delfino went 2 for 4 with two RBI, breaking through after going 6 for 48 in his past nine games.
RiverDogs starter Vicente Campos, ranked fifth in the New York Yankees system by Baseball America, allowed two runs – one earned – with no walks and two strikeouts in four innings. After being held to five starts in 2012 because of right elbow inflammation, the Yankees are limiting Campos to no more than four innings per start.
GreenJackets starter Chris Stratton was knocked around for six runs in five innings despite six strikeouts and 11 swinging strikes.
“I didn’t think Stratton threw the ball that bad,” Goff said. “He just got beat on some 0-2 pitches, one of them for a two-out RBI single, the other ended up scoring. Most of the hits were either 0-2 or 2-0; there was no in between.
He wasn’t as sharp as normal today.”