Augusta GreenJackets (27-39, 61-73) vs Charleston RiverDogs (35-31, 68-68)
Lake Olmstead Stadium – Augusta, GA 7:00 PM – Friday, August 29th, 2014
LHP Christian Jones (5-8, 3.49 ERA) Today’s Starters RHP Rookie Davis (6-8, 5.10 ERA)
Last RiverDogs Game: August 28th
NIEBLA LIFTS RIVERDOGS TO SHUTOUT IN HOME FINALE
Charleston’s 10-run victory attended by a sellout crowd
CHARLESTON, SC August 28, 2014 – The Charleston RiverDogs treated a sellout crowd of 5,579 fans with a 10-0 shutout over the Greenville Drive in Charleston’s home finale on Thursday night in South Atlantic League action. Luis Niebla fired a personal-best seven scoreless innings while striking out seven to tie a career high.
The RiverDogs improved to 35-31 in the second half and 68-68 overall. The Drive slid to 23-43 this half and 57-78 this season. Charleston won this three-game series by a
2-1 margin. Charleston’s crowd of 5,579 fans was the largest attendance for a regular season home finale in at least the past decade.
Niebla’s longest career outing was perhaps his finest. He needed only 79 pitches to complete seven shutout innings and match a career high with seven strikeouts. Niebla also retired the first six batters that he faced as well as the last 10 batters in a row.
A five-run rally in the first inning put the RiverDogs ahead for good. Claudio Custodio and Tyler wade scored on a one-out double from Miguel Andujar. Later in the inning, Jackson Valera cleared the bases with a double of his won to drive in three runs.
Nielba (3-1) defeated Jamie Callahan (3-13). Conor Mullee completed the shutout.
AUG: LHP Christian Jones makes his first career start against the Charleston RiverDogs and the New York Yankees organization asawhole. Jonesis coming off a quality start against the Lexington Legends that ended as a 6-4 Green Jackets loss last Friday. He has performed significantly better at home(2-3,2.12 ERA) compared to his road starts(3-5,5.24 ERA). Jones was drafted in the 18th round by the San Francisco Giants in 2012 despite missing that entire year(Tommy John Surgery). The former Oregon Duck debuted in 2013, pitching in relief for the Rookie-Level AZL Giants and the short-season Single-A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.
Last Outing: August 22nd vs. Lexington (ND,start) 6.0 IP, 3H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 8K
CSC: RHP Rookie Davis has not lost since June 29, going 3-0 over his last 10 outings. Davis recently had a stretch where he pitched at least five innings in seven consecutive appearances. It is fitting that Davis’ final appearance this season will be in Augusta where he won the season opener for the RiverDogs back on April 3.
Davis was drafted in the 14th round by the New York Yankees in 2011 and decided to forgo a scholarship to East Carolina University, where he would have been a two-way player. Earlier in his career, he had pitched for both the Rookie-Level Gulf Coast League Yankees and the short-season Single-A Staten Island Yankees.
Last Outing: August 24th at Rome (ND, start) 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HBP
Yankees organization as a whole. Jones is coming off a quality start against the Lexington Legends that ended as a 6-4 GreenJackets loss last Friday. He has performed significantly better at home (2-3, 2.12 ERA) compared to his road starts (3-5, 5.24 ERA). Jones was drafted in the 18th round by the San Francisco Giants in 2012 despite missing that entire year (Tommy John Surgery). The former Oregon Duck debuted in 2013, pitching in relief for the Rookie-Level AZL Giants and the short-season Single-A Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.
Last Outing: August 22nd vs. Lexington (ND, start) 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
- A series victory in this four-game series at Augusta would give Charleston its third consecutive winning season (73-63 in 2012; 75-63 in 2013)
- The RiverDogs averaged a team-record 4,309 fans per home game and also drew 280,075 total fans (third-best ever) to The Joe this season
- Charleston’s 1,111 total strikeouts as a pitching staff leads the South Atlantic League as well as all New York Yankees minor league affiliates
- Mike Ford hit four home runs at Hickory on May 25, becoming the first Charleston player to have a 4-HR game (SABR, http://bit.ly/RWatfY)
- Charleston RiverDogs Manager Luis Dorante was born in Estado Falcón, Venezuela, the northernmost state in the South American nation