Joseph's Walkoff Home Run Lifts Augusta to 3-1 Triumph
AUGUSTA, GA. - Augusta's Tommy Joseph hit a walk-off two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Augusta GreenJackets to a 3-1 win over the Charleston RiverDogs in front of 4,723 fans at Lake Olmstead Stadium Sunday afternoon.
Augusta improves its division-leading record to 8-3 with the win, while Charleston drops to 5-6.
After a one-out walk was issued to Nick Liles by Charleston's Francisco Rondon (1-2), Joseph came to the dish and cracked second circuit clout of the season over the left-field wall to win the game.
Charleston struck for a 1-0 in the second, when Kyle Higashioka singled off starter Kyle Vazquez, moved to third on Taylor Grote's single, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Garrison Lassiter.
The RiverDogs would not ratchet another hit in the contest, as Vazquez weaved 7.0 impressive innings of three-hit ball in the no-decision with two walks and seven strikeouts. The Berlin, Conn. Native retired the final 11 batters he faced and 17 of the last 18.
Augusta finally got the ball rolling in the sixth when Eliezer Zambrano reached on an error, and moved to second on Kyle Mach's single, which was the GreenJackets first base hit against Charleston starter Shaeffer Hall. Zambrano then scored the unearned run on Dan Cook's RBI single to left field to tie the score at 1-1.
The tally broke a 14 inning scoreless streak for the GreenJackets after getting shutout 4-0 on Saturday.
Hall, a former Kansas Jayhawk, threw incredibly well for the third straight game, retiring the first 10 batters he faced in penning 8.0 strong innings, giving up just three hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Hall's ERA dropped from 0.77 to 0.46, good for fourth best in South Atlantic League.
In the ninth, DeAngelo Mack led off with a walk then moved to second on a two-out walk to Higashioka, but Chris Gloor (1-0) fanned Grote to end the threat.
The first part of Charleston's eight-game road trip concludes Monday against Augusta at 7:05 p.m. in the fourth and final game of the series. For the RiverDogs, former Clemson standout Graham Stoneburner (0-2, 3.27 ERA) toes the slab, while the GreenJackets counter with right-hander Jeremy Toole (0-0, 2.70 ERA)
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