Ben Gamel and Robert Refsnyder each had three hits to lead the offensive attack for the Charleston RiverDogs in a 10-5 dismantling of the Greenville Drive on Tuesday night in South Atlantic League action at Fluor Field.
The win snapped an eight game losing streak for the RiverDogs as they improved their record to 57-49 (18-21 in the second half). Greenville falls to 52-56 (18-20 in the second half) with the loss.
The Drive quickly grabbed the early lead when an error in the first inning led to two runs. With Keury De La Cruz on first, Garin Cecchini singled to left and an error by left fielder Eduardo Sosa allowed De La Cruz to score and Cecchini to take third. Cecchini scored one batter later on a groundout by David Renfroe. In the third, De La Cruz (2-4, RBI, 2 runs) scored Greenville's third run when he doubled to start the inning and came in on another error.
The RiverDogs used three straight hits in the fourth to cut the lead to one. Kelvin De Leon and Jamiel Orozco lined consecutive doubles into left for one run and Reymond Nunez (4-5, RBI, run) scored Orozco with a base hit through the middle to make the score 3-2.
In the fifth, Keury De La Cruz continued his assault on Charleston pitching. He picked up his second hit of the night by lofting an RBI double into right that scored Jose Garcia from first with Greenville's fourth run. It was the only earned run that they got off starter Bryan Mitchell (7-8), though, who struck out five in five innings and was credited with the victory.
Trailing 4-2, a six run rally in the sixth gave the RiverDogs their first lead of the night. Sosa redeemed himself after his error in the first inning by driving in the first run with an RBI single. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, Gamel (3-5, 2 RBI, 2 runs) smoked a go-ahead, two-run single into center that knocked out reliever Kevin Brahney (1-1). A single by Refsnyder (3-3, 3 RBI, run) then scored two more and Francisco Arcia capped the rally with the sixth hit of the inning, an RBI single that made the score 8-4.
After the Drive got a run back when a double by Cecchini scored Garcia, Gamel ignited another rally for Charleston with a leadoff triple in the eighth. Refnsyder followed with a double to score Gamel and Arcia plated Refsnyder with another two bagger, the fifth of the night for the RiverDogs.
Charlie Short, making his first career appearance for Charleston, entered the game in the seventh and fired a scoreless inning and a third, taking the game to the ninth. Nick Goody ended the game by retiring the last three men in order.
The RiverDogs will send LHP Matt Bashore (1-3, 4.50 ERA) to the hill in game three of this series on Wednesday afternoon against LHP Henry Owens (10-4, 5.24 ERA). The scheduled start time is 11:05 am.