Originally created 08/21/05

RiverDogs smack Jackets for seven runs in seventh



As the clock struck 10 p.m. at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Saturday night, the GreenJackets began the seventh inning with a six-run lead.

Thirty minutes and seven Charleston runs later, the GreenJackets were on their way to a 13-10 defeat at the hands of the Riverdogs, the fourth consecutive loss for Augusta.

"It was a great comeback. To score seven runs in one inning is always great," RiverDogs center fielder Tim Battle said.

"In the clubhouse, we are just really happy that we could get the win."

In a game that took nearly four hours to complete in humid conditions, Augusta jumped on RiverDogs' starter Christian Garcia early, scoring three first-inning runs without producing a hit.

After three walks to start the inning, Garcia hit Simon Klink with a pitch to walk in the first run of the game. An error by RiverDogs' shortstop Grant Plumley scored Brian Horwitz and Carlos Sosa to give the GreenJackets an early 3-0 lead.

The GreenJackets added a run in the fourth, three runs in the fifth, and two runs in the sixth as they chased Garcia after 4Q innings.

After Augusta starter Ben Thurmond held Charleston to three runs in the first six innings, the RiverDogs came out swinging in the seventh, putting up seven runs on six hits and two walks to take a 10-9 lead. Charleston added three runs in the final two innings to give closer Mike Martinez plenty of support to finish the night.

Riverdogs' left-hander Shaun Parker got the victory despite giving up two earned runs, four hits and four walks in only 1w innings pitched.

Augusta's Kyle Haines had an impressive performance in the loss, going 3-for-5 with three runs and one RBI on the night. Carlos Sosa added three hits and three walks of his own for the Greenjackets.

Battle, who played his way to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award earlier this season at Lake Olmstead Stadium, did just about everything on Saturday night, going 3-for-4 with two singles, a double, three RBI, two runs and a stolen base.

Charleston second baseman Mario Holmann reached base twice in the seventh inning alone, scoring the RiverDogs' first seventh-inning run.

"When you're down six runs, you have to try to get on base however you can," Holmann said.

"A walk, a hit, whatever you can do to get on base and get some runs."

During the top of the eighth inning, Augusta got a scare when Klink started to stagger off the field in an apparent bout of heat exhaustion. He was not the only player affected, as Holmann appeared dizzy during the bottom half of the inning.