First baseman Brandon Wagner ripped his third home run in the last eight games and the RiverDogs’ league-leading offense continued to impress as Charleston blanked the Hagerstown Suns 6-0 to complete their first series sweep of the season on Friday night at Municipal Stadium.
The Hopewell, N.J. native Wagner demolished a projected 432-foot blast to right-center field to open the scoring in a five-run second inning. It was the Howard Junior College product’s fifth of the season as part of a two-hit night. Hoy Park drove in two with his fifth triple of the season, scoring Carlos Vidal and Ben Ruta who each singled as part of a 14-hit attack for the RiverDogs.
Park finished with a 3-for-5 night with three RBI’s to tie a season-high. With a bunt single in the inning, Vidal extended his hitting streak to 13 straight games to match a RiverDogs season long mark set by Park earlier this year.
Freicer Perez notched 5 1/3 scoreless innings, pitching around four walks but with just one hit allowed and five strikeouts to pick up the win. The Dominican right-hander has allowed just 11 earned runs over his last ten starts, good for a 1.63 ERA over that span.
Park drove in his third run in the fourth, grounding out to second to score third baseman Chris Hess who doubled and advanced on a passed ball. The Korean’s RBI tally made it 6-0 Charleston.
Blake Rutherford finished 2-for-5 with an RBI collected in the second, extending his hitting streak to a season-high nine games.
Park now owns 17 career triples in two seasons in a RiverDogs uniform, putting him tied for second all-time with Abraham Almonte (2008-09) in Charleston’s franchise history dating back to 1980.
Charleston held one of the league's top offenses to a season-low two hits in their seventh shutout victory of the year.
The RiverDogs continue their northern road trip, next heading to Lakewood, N.J. to take on the BlueClaws, the Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, for a three-game series beginning on Saturday night at 7:05 from FirstEnergy Park. The RiverDogs will send righty Nick Nelson (1-6, 4.69) to face BlueClaws right-hander Adonis Medina (3-6, 3.58). The game can be tuned in on “The Big Talker” WTMA 1250 AM and online streaming audio via riverdogs.com and the RiverDogs TuneIn Radio app station.