It was a one sided affair Tuesday afternoon as the Greenville Drive jumped on the Charleston RiverDogs to the tune of a 9-1 win at Fluor Field at the West End in South Atlantic League action.
With the loss, the RiverDogs fall to 3-3 in the second half and overall the ‘Dogs record sits at 42-32. With the victory, Greenville improves to 3-3 in the second half and 25-50 overall. The season series between Charleston and Greenville is now even at ten games apiece.
It was a day to forget Tuesday for the RiverDogs. Charleston fell behind early and saw Greenville's lead increase more and more as the game went on.
Charleston's lone run came in the third inning, which started on a Jake Cave leadoff single. Cito Culver then struckout but Cave was able to steal second to move into scoring position. The hottest hitter in the RiverDogs lineup Greg Bird then stepped to the plate and singled in Cave for the RiverDogs only tally of the afternoon. Bird has now driven in ten runs since the All-Star break and finished the afternoon going 1-for-2 with two walks and extended his hitting streak to a season best nine games.
RiverDogs starter Evan Rutckyj (7-5) took the loss in his worst outing of the season as the lefty lasted just 3.1 innings and allowed seven runs on 10 hits while walking five and allowing two homers. Rutckyj was relieved by Zach Arneson who went 1.2 innings and allowed a run on two hits. Adam Smith would relieve Arneson to start the sixth and lasted two innings that saw him allow just one hit and he struckout four. James Pazos relieved Smith to start the bottom of the eighth and allowed a run on three hits.
Offensively for the Greenville Drive, they struck for three runs in the first inning, two more in the third, two runs in the fourth and another run in the fifth. Seven members of the Drive all closed out the afternoon with multiple hits with both Mario Martinez and Kevin Heller recording three hits apiece. Martinez had a monster day at the plate as he finished just a triple shy of the cycle with four RBI's.
Greenville starter Luis Diaz (2-4) had his best outing of the season as he went six innings and allowed just one run on five hits while striking out six and walking just two. Diaz was relieved by Raynel Valette to start the seventh inning. Valette went two innings, allowed just one hit and struckout two. Valette was relieved by Manuel Rivera who tossed a spotless ninth to close out the game.
Charleston has now dropped the first two games in this series and will look to salvage a game in the finale of this three game set Wednesday evening at 7:05pm at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville. Charleston will send RHP Vicente Campos (1-2, 4.31 ERA) to the mound as Greenville counters with fellow RHP Frank Montas (1-6, 6.34 ERA). You can listen to the game live locally on ESPN 910 AM or online at www.riverdogs.com.