The Charleston RiverDogs got the job done in the late innings on Saturday, outlasting the GreenJackets for a 5-3 victory in 14 innings at Lake Olmstead Stadium. With two outs on the top of the 14th inning, Hoy Jun Park ripped a two-run triple to left field that put the RiverDogs up 5-3, a lead they would not relinquish to finish off the four hour and six minute affair.
The win keeps the RiverDogs (7-2) atop the Southern Division standings and tied for the best record in the South Atlantic League.
Charleston had a 3-2 lead going into the sixth before the GreenJackets got a run back on a pair of wild pitches by the RiverDogs starter Brody Koerner. The score would stay tied at 3-3 all the way until Park’s three-bagger in the 14th. For Park, it was his league-leading third triple of the season.
After Summerville native James Reeves recorded three scoreless innings to force extras, the GreenJackets threatened to walk off in the 10th. With one out, Tyler Brown hustled out an infield single and advanced to third on a base hit to right-center by Dillon Dobson with both hits coming off of Travis Hissong out of the Charleston bullpen. Hissong would punch out Dylan Davis and Kelvin Beltre to force an 11th frame.
Hissong, the right hander and Belleville, OH native, would work 3.2 innings, all in the bonus frames, while fanning an incredible 11 GreenJackets to record all 11 of his outs.
Claudio Custodio (2-0) entered the ballgame to record the final out in the 13th and worked a scoreless 14th to hold onto the lead after Park’s triple. The Dominican righty allowed one hit in his 1.1 innings and recorded all four of his outs with Ks, making the final 15 outs recorded by RiverDogs pitching all via the strikeout. The RiverDogs staff finished with a season-high 23 strikeouts, shattering the previous high of 13.
Koerner logged six innings in his second start of the season allowing three runs on five hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts in a no-decision effort.
The RiverDogs continue the series with the GreenJackets in Game Four tomorrow at 2:05pm on Sunday. The RiverDogs will send RHP Domingo Acevedo (0-0, 3.48) to the hill while the GreenJackets will counter with RHP Cory Taylor (0-0, 0.00). Fans can tune in on WTMA 1250 AM in the tri-county area as well as online at riverdogs.com. Ticket information for any of the RiverDogs remaining home games this season may be secured by contacting the box office at (843)577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com.