Tuesday June 16, 2009
Augusta, GA – Andy D’Alessio’s sacrifice fly to shallow center field scored Dom Duggan from third in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Augusta GreenJackets picked up their first walk-off win of the season by a 3-2 score over the Charleston RiverDogs, setting the stage for a rubber match on Wednesday morning at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
With the score knotted at two in the bottom of the ninth, Duggan tripled to center to lead off the inning against Pat Venditte, baseball’s only ambidextrous, or switch pitcher. The RiverDogs closer, who leads the league with 20 saves, then struck out Josh Mazzola before switching to the left side to face D’Alessio. The game-winning RBI came on the first pitch from Venditte’s left hand.
Augusta led early on back-to-back RBI singles by Duggan and Mazzola in the third inning. The GreenJackets strung together four consecutive hits and a walk in the inning, which ended when Mike Loberg bounced out to the pitcher to leave the bases full.
The Jackets left 11 men on base and when Augusta wasn’t killing their own rallies, Charleston turned a pair of double plays to do the trick. The Jackets had at least one runner on in every inning but the first and outhit the RiverDogs by a 12-6 margin.
Kyle Nicholson was cruising through six when he ran into a seventh-inning jam. Walks to Dan Brewer and Melky Mesa with a single by Corban Joseph sandwiched in left the bases loaded with Neall French at the plate. French hit a ground ball to Ehire Adrianza who threw to Vladimir Frias for the first half of a would-be double play. Frias’ throw to first was wide of the bag allowing two unearned runs to score, tying the game at two. Nicholson struck out four and allowed just four hits in the no decision, just his second of the year.