Augusta, GA – The Augusta GreenJackets (31-20) held on to beat the Charleston RiverDogs (32-19) Monday afternoon 9-8 for their third straight win on the home stand. Starter Craig Clark (4-0) recorded the win and Nick Noonan drove in four runs to lead the offense and was a triple short of the cycle while Shane Jordan chipped in with two RBIs.
There were four different lead changes in the game with Augusta reclaiming the lead in the fourth inning with five runs on five hits for an 8-4 advantage. Francisco Peguero had an RBI single to tie the game at 4-4 in the inning then Shane Jordan followed with an RBI sac fly to give Augusta the 5-4 lead. Noonan and Garrett Baker followed with back-to-back home runs.
Noonan’s RBI single in the sixth inning scored Andrew Davis from third base for a 9-4 lead and proved to be the game winning hit.
Clark (4-0) worked six innings and allowed four runs on eight hits. The lefty walked one and struck out six.
Daniel Otero worked a perfect ninth inning recording two strikeouts and a ground out for his 13th save of the season.
The RiverDogs scored four times in the eighth inning off of reliever Waldis Joaquin. Joaquin could not record an out in the half inning and was pulled for Orlando Yntema who recorded two outs then Ryan Paul got the final out.
Charleston took a 2-0 lead after two innings getting single runs in the first and second inning.
Augusta scored three times in the third inning for a 3-2 lead. Shane Jordan had an RBI single then Noonan followed with an RBI double. Noonan then scored from third after stealing third and scoring when Brandon Laird missed the throw from catcher Austin Romine.
The RiverDogs reclaimed the lead in the top of the fourth inning on a two-out two run double from Walter Ibarra, 5-4.
The GreenJackets wrap up their home stand on Tuesday night with the RiverDogs looking for the sweep. Augusta sends right-hander Daryl Maday (3-3, 2.04) to the mound. The RiverDogs counter with right-hander Lance Pendleton (3-2, 2.41). First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
Augusta improved to 16-13 at home.
Augusta improved to 11 games over the .500 mark, a new season high.
The RiverDogs lost their 13th straight game at Lake Olmstead Stadium dating back to 2006.
Nick Noonan had his team leading 16th multi-hit game of the season finishing 3-for-4 with four RBI.