The Charleston RiverDogs' struggles came to a halt Monday against Delmarva as the offense broke out for 10 runs on 11 hits en route to a 10-4 victory over the Shorebirds at Perdue Stadium.
With the victory, the RiverDogs move back over the .500 mark at 16-15 overall. The Delmarva Shorebirds fall a game under .500 with the loss at 14-15.
The Charleston offense struck in bunches as they earned their first victory against Delmarva in 2013. Charleston scored three runs in the fourth, one in the third, and their final six runs in the eighth-inning to put the game out of reach. In the eighth inning, the RiverDogs batted around scoring six runs on five hits to go along with four walks and a hit-by-pitch.
Cito Culver led Charleston going 3-for-6 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Jake Cave and Dante Bichette, Jr., each had a pair of hits, while Yeicok Calderon went 1-for-3 with three RBI's. Greg Bird turned in a nice night as well at the plate with a double, a run scored, and three walks to push his SAL best walks total to 28 on the year.
Vicente Campos got the starting nod for the RiverDogs and did not disappoint as he threw a season high 3.2 innings of shutout ball. Campos allowed only two hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Evan Rutckyj (3-2) came in to relieve Campos and picked up the win. Rutckyj dominated on the mound, tossing the final 5.1 innings, surrendering four runs, none of them earned on six hits to go along with five strikeouts.
Delmarva's offense was silenced for most of the night. The Shorebirds scored two runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the eighth. The Shorebirds were led by first baseman Christian Walker who went 3-for-4 at the plate with two singles and a double.
Delmarva starter Parker Bridwell (2-3) took the loss after he threw five innings and allowed four runs on five hits with six strikeouts. The Shorebirds bullpen didn't help Bridwell out, as three relievers combined to give up six runs on six hits in four innings of work.
The RiverDogs will look to earn the split in the finale of this four game set against the Shorebirds which is scheduled for 10:35 Tuesday morning. Charleston sends LHP Daniel Camarena (0-2, 9.00 ERA) to the mound, as Delmarva counters with fellow LHP Matt Taylor (1-2, 1.19 ERA). You can listen to the game locally on ESPN Radio 910 AM or online at www.riverdogs.com.