Tyson Blaser and Francisco Arcia each drove in three runs and the Charleston RiverDogs cruised to an 11-5 victory in South Atlantic League action at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park on Sunday night with a crowd of 3,208 on hand.
The first place RiverDogs now have a record of 53-38 (14-10 in the second half) this season while Greenville is now 44-49 (10-13 in the second half).
Charleston immediately hit Greenville starter Mike McCarthy (1-4) hard, stringing together four consecutive hits to score three times in the first. With one out, Cito Culver and Ben Gamel (4-5, 3 runs) singled and, with Culver running, Blaser (3-5, 3 RBI, run) hit a well-placed infield single that just nicked off the glove of second baseman Bryan Johns. Culver, hustling all the way, scored on the play for the first run. Casey Stevenson followed with a shot down the right field line and into the corner for a two-run triple that gave starter Bryan Mitchell an early lead to work with.
Cody Koback made the score 3-1 with an RBI single to left, but the Drive missed a chance to score more when the RiverDogs turned a fantastic 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Charleston then responded in their half of the second with three more runs, scoring first when Eduardo Sosa tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Castillo. Culver walked, Gamel singled, and a double steal put both runners in scoring position. Blaser's second single of the game plated two more runs for a 6-1 lead.
Mitchell ran into trouble again in the third when Greenville loaded the bases and Henry Ramos lined a single into right-center to score two. Boss Moanaroa (2-3, 2 RBI) was up next and he lined a two-run double into the right field corner to cut the deficit to just one run.
Charleston was not about to let this one get away, though. They came right back with a run in the third on an RBI single by Kelvin De Leon and they didn't stop there. In the fourth, Ben Gamel doubled and scored on a fielder's choice and Arcia (2-4, HR, 3 RBI, run) drove in another run with an RBI double. Two innings later, Arcia struck again, launching a two-run homer to right to increase the lead to 11-5.
The RiverDogs bullpen did the rest. Philip Wetherell (4-2) entered the game in the fifth and hurled two scoreless innings while striking out three. Pedro Guerra kept the Drive off the board for two more frames by pitching scoreless ball in the seventh and eighth, with the only blemish on his ledger being an infield hit. John Brebbia finished the game with a scoreless ninth.