One run was all the Charleston RiverDogs needed as they recorded their first shutout win of the season, 1-0, over the West Virginia Power on Tuesday at Joe Riley Park in front of a crowd of 3,063.
The Dogs (6-6) scored the game’s lone run in the bottom of the first after West Virginia (6-6) starting pitcher Sergio Cubilete (0-2) had to be removed two batters in when he was struck by a Wilkerman Garcia line drive. Later in the inning, shortstop Oswaldo Cabrera scored on a Steven Sensley RBI groundout for Charleston’s 11th first inning run of the season. That run came with Evan Piechota on the hill, but the run was charged to the injured Cubilete who took the loss without recording an out.
The Holy City sent righty Garrett Whitlock (1-1) to the mound, who threw five scoreless innings which included three hits, two walks and five strikeouts. He stranded the bases loaded in the first and left two more on in the second before retiring the final 12 men he faced.
Whitlock was relieved by Brian Trieglaff, who continued Charleston’s bullpen dominance with three shutout innings and four ‘K’s. Righty Matt Wivinis took over for the ninth and held the one-run lead, claiming his South Atlantic League-high fourth save of the season. With four more zeroes for the Charleston pen, relievers have now surrendered just two earned runs in 45 innings, good for an astounding 0.40 ERA.
In the victory, Frederick Cuevas went 0-3, snapping his eight-game hitting streak. Had Cuevas collected a knock, he would have been in a tie for the SAL’s longest hitting streaks so far this season. Cabrera collected two-hits, including the RiverDogs’ only extra-base knock.
Trieglaff has now struck out 12 batters without a walk in 8 2/3 innings to start the season out of the bullpen.
-per Charleston RiverDogs