The Charleston RiverDogs used five pitchers on Monday evening and needed good work from all of them to hold on to a 4-3 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds in front of 2,543 fans at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in South Atlantic League action.
The RiverDogs are now 16-14 after their third consecutive victory as the Shorebirds fall to 13-17. Charleston earned a series victory with a 3-1 edge at home against Delmarva that also evens the regular season series, which closed at four wins apiece.
Brady Lail started for the RiverDogs and allowed the Shorebirds to score just two runs in five innings pitched. Federico Castagnini gave Delmarva a 1-0 lead in the third inning when he scored on a two-out single by Josh Hart. In the top of the fifth, Castagnini scored again off Mike Yastrzemski’s double, bringing Delmarva’s lead to 2-0.
Charleston took the lead with a four-run rally in the bottom of the fifth. A hit batsman, a walk, and an error on a sacrifice bunt loaded the bases for the RiverDogs. After Hunter Harvey tossed a strikeout, John Murphy scored Charleston’s first run on a low throw to home plate after a ground ball. Kale Sumner tied the game by scoring on a strikeout that was coupled with a wild pitch. Aaron Judge put the RiverDogs ahead 4-2 with a two-run single that capped the rally.
Andury Acevedo kept Delmarva scoreless in the sixth inning before the Shorebirds tagged Philip Walby for an unearned run in the seventh. Gregory Lorenzo had a leadoff single and would cut the Charleston lead to 4-3 when he came in on a groundout from Hart. Cesar Vargas and Nick Rumbelow followed with scoreless innings that wrapped up a RiverDogs triumph.
Lail is 4-1 after his third consecutive winning decision. Hunter Harvey took the loss and is now 1-2 despite allowing no earned runs in a quality start. Rumbelow nailed down his fifth save in as many opportunities. This was also the first time this season that Charleston won a game when it was the second team to score.
BALLPARK FUN: Carolina One Real Estate presented a 50-inch flat screen television to Conner Ellis before Monday’s game and will reward a lucky RiverDogs fan with a television for every 50 runs scored by Charleston at home this season. During a promotional contest, Kenneth Norman proposed to his girlfriend, Haley. The future Mrs. Norman said, “Yes!” The RiverDogs also celebrated Cinco de Mayo, including Mexican-themed player headshots, musical entertainment, and clips from “The Three Amigos” on the video board.
COMING UP: Charleston will be idle on Tuesday and begins a three-game road trip at Rome on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. RiverDogs RHP Rookie Davis (2-2, 4.45 ERA) opens the quick road trip against Braves LHP Yean Carlos Gil (2-1, 0.86 ERA). A seven-game RiverDogs homestand begins on Saturday, May 10 with another Social Media Saturday as well as a Tony the Peanut Man Bobblehead Giveaway for the first 1,000 fans through the gates, courtesy of WCSC Channel 5. Tickets may be purchased at the Riley Park Box Office, (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or on-line atwww.riverdogs.com. If fans cannot make it to the ballpark, they are encouraged to tune in to all the action this year both home and away worldwide on www.riverdogs.com and locally on 1250 WTMA, the new radio home for RiverDogs baseball.