William Beckwith knocked in all four runs, three of them on a long home-run to left, for the Rome Braves as they defeated the Charleston RiverDogs 4-1 in South Atlantic League action at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park with 2,408 on hand on Wednesday night.
Charleston now has a record of 56-44 (17-16 in the second half) with the loss. Rome's win upped their record to 37-66 (19-14 in the second half) on the year.
The RiverDogs manufactured a run in the first inning when Ali Castillo (2-3, SB, run) singled, stole second and a couple of groundouts brought him around to score. The Braves pulled even in the third when Beckwith (2-3, HR, 4 RBI, run) roped an RBI double into right-center.
In the third, Beckwith struck again for Rome by crushing an opposite-field, three-run homer over the scoreboard in left off starter Scottie Allen (3-7). It was his 11th round-tripper of the year and made the score 4-1.
That lead would prove to be more than enough for Rome's pitching staff, who for the third straight night rendered the Charleston lineup ineffective. A.J. Holland pitched the first four innings and gave up one run on only two hits and two walks with one strikeout. David Filak (5-8) entered in relief in the fifth and walked four in two and two-thirds scoreless innings, but didn't allow a hit and struck out three to earn the win. John Cornely took over in seventh and tossed the remaining two and a third innings for his sixth save.
The game also saw Ben Gamel's team high 16-game hit streak come to an end as he went 0-3 on the night. It was the first time since July 6th that the RiverDogs outfielder has been held hitless.