Peter O'Brien (2-2, double, RBI) led the first place Charleston RiverDogs offense in a 6-0 win over the last place Greenville Drive in South Atlantic League play Saturday night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in front of 4,972 fans.
The win makes the RiverDogs record 28-18 this season and they remain in first place in the Southern Division. Greenville is now 14-34 and remains in last place in the division.
Early in the game it was a pitchers' duel between the RiverDogs Cesar Vargas (2-2) and Brian Johnson (1-4) for the Drive. Vargas, who was relieved by Phil Wetherell in the sixth inning, threw five innings, allowed no runs on two hits, recorded six strikeouts, and earned his second win on the season. In five innings of work, Johnson allowed one unearned run on two hits, struck out six batters, but picked up the tough luck loss for the Drive.
Charleston scored the game's first run in the fourth inning following a Greenville error, a hit batsman, and a walk with a Kelvin DeLeon bases loaded ground ball out that scored Greg Bird from third.
The RiverDogs added five runs to its lead in the sixth inning. Peter O'Brien led off the inning with a double and later scored on a Greenville error. With the bases loaded, Jake Cave hit a single to centerfield that scored DeLeon. Later, Reymond Nunez scored on a Claudio Custodio single to left field. Dante Bichette, Jr. walked with the bases loaded to score Fu-Lin Kuo. Then, in O'Brien's second at bat of the inning, he singled to left field and scored Cave to extend the RiverDogs' lead to 6-0.
Charleston would not look back as Phil Wetherell and Alex Smith closed the door on the Drive. The two combined to pitch four scoreless innings with only three hits, zero walks, and eight strikeouts.
Dante Bichette, Jr. (0-4) saw his season-long ten game hitting streak come to an end as he failed to record a hit on the night.