Augusta manager Roberto Kelly said before the season he didn't expect the GreenJackets' lineup to scare anyone.
So far, it hasn't.
Augusta has yet to hit a home run or a triple through nine games of the season, a streak that continued Saturday night in a 10-4 loss to the Charleston RiverDogs.
Augusta collected one extra-base hit and left 10 runners on base, forcing the 4,533 fans at Lake Olmstead Stadium to wait until after the game for a fireworks show.
"I'm not really concerned about the guys not hitting home runs. That's the type of team we knew we would be," Kelly said. "But us leaving guys out there in scoring position, that's a concern."
Charleston hitters lit up the scoreboard, collecting multiple hits in six of nine innings. Every RiverDogs batter collected a hit.
Augusta (5-4) and Charleston (4-5) meet today in the second of a four-game series at 5:35 p.m.
Augusta led 4-2 after three innings, then fell apart.
The RiverDogs now have won three in a row in the season series after Augusta won the first two games of the season at Charleston.
Chris Malec went 4-for-5 with three RBI, and Austin Jackson went 2-for-5 with three RBI for Charleston. Jackson is 10-for-25 with eight RBI in his past six games.
Charleston's Jim Conroy threw 3w innings and left with a 5-4 advantage in the fourth, but Elvys Quezada got the win in relief.
Augusta's Alex Requena extended his hitting streak to five games and finished 2-for-3. Anthony Contreras went 2-for-4 and upped his average to .350, and Jose Yens was 2-for-5.
"I've just been trying to go out there and do the same things I've been doing every day," said Requena, who is batting .310. "(Friday) night was a bad night (1-for-5) for me, which was a little bit frustrating, so it was good to mix it up a little bit."
Ryan Shaver (0-2) gave up eight hits and five runs in 3w innings to take the loss for Augusta. He walked two and struck out two.
The teams traded leads through the first three innings until Charleston struck for three in the fourth to go up for good.
Jose Gil walked and later scored on an errant pickoff move by Shaver. Estee Harris and Mike Dunn singled and grounded into a fielder's choice, respectively, setting the table for Jackson's two-run single to center.
"(Our pitchers) get in trouble when they start walking guys," Kelly said.
"Like (in the fourth), Shaver walked the leadoff hitter (Gil), and he ended up scoring."
Quezada and Rolando Japa held Augusta scoreless for the final 5w innings.
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