Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park played host to 2,138 fans on Sunday night who were hoping to see the RiverDogs tack another victory on to their seven-game win streak. It took a while, but Charleston pulled out another win and remained in first place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division.
The RiverDogs scored four runs in the ninth inning to overcome a 3-0 deficit and win their eighth in a row. It was a dramatic victory that completed a four game sweep of the West Virginia Power and put the team at 13-3 on the season.
The rally started when Tyler Austin led off the inning with his fourth home run of the season, which also extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Back-to-back walks followed against West Virginia's Emmanuel De Leon (1-2) and a single by Cito Culver then loaded the bases. After a strikeout, Francisco Arcia (1-4, 2 RBI) singled to center, scoring two runs and tying the game. After another walk loaded the bases again, Ben Gamel skied a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Culver with the game winning run. "This is a fun team to manage," said RiverDogs manager Carlos Mendoza. "They never give up."
The Power built their lead on runs in the 2nd, 4th and 7th innings. They scored the game's first run in the top of second when Junior Sosa drilled an RBI triple to left-center off starter Jose Campos. They went up 2-0 in the fourth when Jose Osuna singled, moved to third on a hit-and-run single and scored on an error. The Power added an insurance run in the 7th against reliever Dan Mahoney when Kyle Singer (2-4, run scored) singled, Josh Bell doubled, and Singer scored on a passed ball. Fred Lewis and Mariel Checo (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth, respectively, setting the stage for Charleston's rally.
After a day off, the RiverDogs hit the road again on Tuesday for a seven-game road trip in Lexington and Hickory. The scheduled starters for Tuesday night are Nicholas Tropeano (1-0, 0.47 ERA) for Lexington and Caleb Cotham (1-0, 2.08 ERA) for Charleston. The team returns home on Wednesday, May 2 to start a seven-game homestand with a match-up against the Lakewood BlueClaws. It will be Senior Wednesday at the game, with $5 tickets for seniors and free vouchers for all seniors for a free hot dog, soda and chips.