Evan Rutckyj threw five shutout innings for Charleston, and the RiverDogs topped the Greensboro Grasshoppers 5-2 on Friday night at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro. The Grasshoppers now sit at 44-24 on the year, and Charleston is 39-26.
Mason Williams (2-5, run) and Cito Culver(1-5, run) led off the game with back-to-back singles for the RiverDogs, and both came around to score to put Charleston up 2-0 after just half an inning of play, and they never looked back.
A homer in the fifth by Sanchez made it 3-0 RiverDogs, then Greensboro cut it to 3-1 with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Charleston added two more runs in the seventh though on an RBI double by Nunez to push their lead to 5-1.
Rutckyj was very effective on the mound holding Greensboro off the scoreboard over five innings of work on only five hits and four strikeouts en route to the victory to move to 3-2 as a RiverDog. Dan Mahoney and Pedro Guerra each allowed one run over an inning of work, and then Joel de la Cruz pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning to collect his second save of the year. Grasshoppers starter Adam Conley gave up three runs on eight hits in five innings, earning the loss to fall to 7-3 on the season.
Game three of the series will see Greensboro send out one of the South Atlantic League's best pitchers in RHP Jose Fernandez who is a perfect 6-0 on the year. Charleston will counter with RHP Wilton Rodriguez who is 1-2. First pitch on Saturday is scheduled for 7:00pm.