Charleston RiverDogs at Augusta GreenJackets (Game 2 of this 4-game series)

Last RiverDogs Game: August 29th DAVIS STRIKES DOWN GREENJACKETS, 6-1
Rookie Davis bookends his 2014 campaign with road wins at Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA August 29, 2014 – Rookie Davis posted a career-high nine strikeouts in a quality start,leading the Charleston RiverDogs to a 6-1 victory against the Augusta GreenJacketson Friday evening at Lake Olmstead Stadium inSouth Atlantic Leagueaction. MichaelO’Neill led the RiverDogs offense with three hits while also scoring a run and driving inanother.The RiverDogs jumped up to 36-31 in the second half and 69-68 overall. TheGreenJackets fell to 27-40 and 61-74, respectively. Charleston evened the seasonseries at eight wins apiece and garnered a 1-0 edge in this four-game series.Davis wrapped up his third career quality start with a phenomenal string of strikeouts.He struck out eight of the final 12 batters that he faced, including four consecutivebatters in that stretch. This is also expected to be Davis’ final appearance of theseason, which started on April 3 with a victory on Opening Day at Augusta.Charleston scored six unanswered runs to win the contest.O’Neill scored the go-ahead run in thefifthinning and alsodrove in a runwith a singleduring thesixth.Davis (7-8) claimed the victory over Christian Jones (5-9) to open this four-game set.

Charleston RiverDogs at Augusta GreenJackets

Today’s Starters:
AUG: LHP Steven Messner began this season as a reliever before joining the rotation on a regular basis during the second half. The southpaw typically battles through his starts,often allowing several runs and hit totals around double digits. Opponents have hit .311 off Messner for the season, including a .330 clip during his starts. Messner graduated from Cal State San Macros in 2013 and spent the past season with theWashington Wild Things, serving as a reliever during his time in the Frontier League. The undrafted left-handed pitcher had his contract purchased by the San Francisco Giants earlier this year in February.Last Outing:August23rdvs. Lexington(L, start)5.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP

CSC: RHP Giovanny Gallegos will make his first start for the RiverDogs since April 27. After pitching in Charleston’s early-season rotation, Gallegos has primarily been a reliever.He actually ranks fourth among relief pitchers in lowest BB-IBB/9 IP ratio (1.52 unintentional walks per nine innings pitched for Gallegos). His last start was a loss in a 5-0 defeat at the Delmarva Shorebirds. The Obregon, Mexico native has pitched in the NewYork Yankees system for three years and also pitched in his hometown for los Yaquis de Obregon,which won the championship of the 2012-13 Mexican Pacific League (Liga Mexicana del Pacífico). Last Outing:August24thatRome(ND,relief)3.1 IP, 3H,1R, 0 ER, 0 BB,1K, 1 HBP

Doggie Bites:

  • A series victory in this four-game series at Augusta wouldgive 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 1,123 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 thefirst Charleston player to have a4-HRgame (SABR,
  • Charleston RiverDogs Manager Luis Dorante was born in Estado Falcón, Venezuela, the northernmost state in the South American nation