Charleston RiverDogs starting pitcher Vicente Campos tossed five shutout innings and scattered just four hits to pick up his first win since mid-May in Charleston's 2-0 victory over Hickory on Wednesday afternoon at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in front of 4,435 fans.
With the win, the RiverDogs improve to 22-15 in the second half and 61-44 overall and remain in second place behind the Lexington Legends. With the loss, Hickory falls to 21-18 in the second half and 60-49 overall.
Campos (2-2) needed just 67 pitches, 52 of which were strikes. He struckout two batters and scattered four hits during his five shutout frames to lower his ERA to 3.27.
Eric Wooten relieved Campos to start the sixth and pitched the final four innings to earn his first save of the year. Wooten allowed just three hits and struckout two.
Offensively for Charleston, they struck for a run in the second inning and added an insurance run in the eighth. Daniel Aldrich singled in Ericson Leonora in the bottom of the second on a slow roller on the infield to second base. Aldrich finished his night 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The second and final run came across in the eighth when Jake Cave scored on a fielding error by Hickory third basemen Ryan Rua.
Cito Culver also broke out of his mini-slump with a perfect 3-for-3 day at the plate.
Hickory starter Frank Lopez (2-6) took the loss going five innings with just one run allowed on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
Hickory first basemen Jorge Alfaro led the Crawdads offense going 3-for-4 at the plate with two singles and a double. Alfaro had three of Hickory's seven hits on the afternoon.
BALLPARK FUN: It was a wet day at The Joe as the RiverDogs hosted their annual Splash Day! Children's summer camps from around the Lowcountry filled the seats with water balloons and water guns for a splash filled fun day at the ballpark.
COMING UP: The RiverDogs now hit the road for nine games in seven days against the Augusta GreenJackets and the Savannah Sand Gnats. Thursday the RiverDogs and GreenJackets will play a doubleheader starting at 5:35pm with the second game to follow at Lake Olmstead Stadium in Augusta, GA. The starting pitchers for game one have yet to be announced for either squad. Fans can listen to the game live locally on ESPN Radio 910AM or online at www.riverdogs.com.
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