Jhalan Jackson Delivers Walk-Off RBI Again to Give RiverDogs 5-4 Victory
For the third time this season, and the second time in two days, Charleston RiverDogs right fielder Jhalan Jackson delivered an RBI in the bottom of the ninth inning to give his team a 5-4 victory. It was the second night in a row that Jackson delivered the game winning hit that resulted in a 5-4 win over the Augusta GreenJackets.
It started out great for the RiverDogs, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead through the first three innings of the game. Mac Marshall started for Augusta and was betrayed by his defense early on. Connor Spencer led off the second inning with a walk, and Angel Aguilar reached on a force out where both runners were safe. Drew Bridges followed with a single to score Spencer and it was 1-0 Charleston. A sacrifice fly by Eduardo Navas brought home Aguilar and the home team had a quick 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third they would extend that lead. Amburgey reached on a throwing error and moved to second on a single by Jackson. Two batters later Spencer ripped a single into right field that scored Amburgey to make it a three-run lead.
In the fourth, Augusta would get one of those runs back. Seth Harrison led off the inning against Josh Rogers with a double, his fifth of the season, and came around to score on a single by Dylan Davis. That made it 3-1. A brief delay ensued, but it was long enough to end Rogers day on the mound. This was also true for Marshall.
With new relievers entering the game each team gave up a run in the fifth. Willie Gabay came in for Charleston and was greeted by a double by Jean Angomas. A single by Manuel Geraldo brought home Angomas to make it a one run game.
In the bottom of the fifth Spencer would deliver a big hit again. Reliever Michael Connolly retired the first two hitters of the inning, but the gave up a deep blast to Spencer. His second homer of the year.
In the eighth inning, David Palladino relieved but he could not hold the lead. Jalen Miller singled with one out and moved to third on a base hit by Harrison. Harrison then stole second, and Dillon Dobson ripped a base hit to left the scored both runners, and the game was tied.
That set up another dramatic ninth inning for Jackson. Ryan Koziol came into pitch and retired the first batter of the inning, but then gave up back-to-back singles to Navas and Jeff Hendrix. Amburgey then came to the plate and lined out to make it runners at first and second with two outs and Jackson coming to the plate. He took a Koziol offering and ripped it into left field for his seventh double of the year. The easily scored Hendrix and gave Charleston their fifth walk-off win of the season, and extended their win streak to three-games.
Palladino (1-0) earned the victory. Koziol (1-2) took the loss.
Manuel Geraldo had a three-hit night for Augusta. Davis and Harrison had two hits each, and Harrison scored two runs.
While Jackson delivered the big hit of the game, it was Spencer that had the best night. The Charleston RiverDogs first baseman was 2-3 with a homerun, 2-runs scored, and 2-RBI. He also drew a walk. Jackson had two hits, as did Hendrix.
The RiverDogs took three of the four games in the series. Both teams are off tomorrow. Charleston (13-5) heads onto Lakewood (4-14) to begin a series Tuesday night at 6:35. Augusta (8-10) takes on Kannapolis (6-12).
By Robert Pannier