Acevedo Straight Jackets GreenJackets in RiverDogs 2-1 Victory
The Charleston RiverDogs continue to find different ways to win. One night after needing a clutch two-run triple from Hoy Jun Park to down the Augusta GreenJackets in 14, Domingo Acevedo took the hill on Sunday, shutting down the home team on four-hits through seven innings to lead the RiverDogs to the 2-1 win.
Things were going Charleston’s way from the very start. Jeff Hendrix led off the first inning with a walk and stole second base, his third steal of the season. Trey Amburgey would drive home the speedy Hendrix with a sacrifice fly and it was 1-0 RiverDogs.
It would remain that way through the next two innings. Charleston had the chance to extend their lead in the top of the third, loading the bases on two singles and a walk, but Augusta starter Cory Taylor struck out Chris Gittens to end the threat and keep it a one-run game.
Acevedo was awesome through the first three innings. He retired the first six batters of the game before yielding a single to start the third. In the bottom of the fourth the GreenJackets would tie the game. Seth Harrison started the inning with a single and then stole second. A double by Dillon Dobson easily scored Harrison and it was 1-1.
The score would remain tied at one until the top of the sixth when Saturday night’s hero, Hoy Jun Park, helped to put his team back ahead. Park singled to start the frame and moved to second on a wild pitch. A ground out moved him to third. Two batters later Jhalan Jackson was hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners with two outs. That brought Thairo Estrada to the plate with his team needing a clutch hit and he delivered. The Charleston second baseman lined a single into right scoring Park and it was 2-1 RiverDogs.
From there it was the Charleston pitching staff that took over. Acevedo allowed a single to start the sixth, but a force play followed by a caught stealing made it two outs. He then struck out Dobson to end the sixth, and struck out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh to retire Augusta in order in that inning.
It was an outstanding start for Acevedo (1-0). The right-hander went 7-innings, allowing just 4-hits and a run. He struck out 6.
Clinging to the 2-1 lead, the RiverDogs turned to Andrew Schwaab (3) to close it out. The Charleston closer allowed just one hit in two innings of work, striking out three for his third save of the season.
At the plate Park had his fourth 2-hit game in his last five and extended his hit streak to seven-games. The shortstop was 2-4 with a run scored. Angel Aguilar was also 2-4 with a double.
The Charleston RiverDogs (9-2) now move onto to Columbia where they will face off with the Fireflies (5-6) at 7:05 Monday night. Anyelo Gomez (0-0, 5.40) goes for Charleston against Joe Shaw (1-0, 3.00). Augusta welcomes the Rome Braves to town.
By Robert Pannier