Oswaldo Cabrera’s RBI knock in the bottom of the ninth provided the RiverDogs their second walk-off victory over Columbia in three nights, 3-2, claiming the four-game series win in front of a crowd of 4,322 at The Joe on Thursday.
Charleston (10-11) got another multi-hit night from Jason Lopez, his third straight, as the catcher reached to begin the bottom of the ninth. After third baseman David Metzgar advanced Lopez to scoring position with a single, Cabrera ripped a 1-0 pitch from Nicolas Debora (1-1) into right field for the game-winner before being mobbed by his teammates on the infield.
For the second straight game, eight Holy City hitters collected hits against Columbia (12-9) pitchers. Charleston’s 11 hits tied for the second most this season, a night after setting a season-high with 14.
Former Citadel pitcher JP Sears made his Riley Park debut as a professional. The 22-year-old lefty, recently off the disabled list, pitched into the fourth inning, surrendering one run on a hit. Six of the nine Fireflies Sears retired were via the strikeout.
Sears was relieved by Braden Bristo who threw a wild pitch scoring an inherited run from the starter. Bristo threw three hitless innings, racking up three punchouts.
RiverDogs pitcher Brian Trieglaff (2-1) suffered his second blown save but was credited with the win, allowing merely an unearned run over the final three innings.
With the walk-off, Charleston has now played 13 one-run games in its first 21 contests, the most of any South Atlantic League team.
Charleston, now 10-11, has an opportunity to get back to .500 on Friday against league-worst Greenville (3-18).
Thursday was like, literally, the best night ever as the Dogs held “Basic Night” at The Joe. Taylor Swift hits, pumpkin spice drinks and food, avocado toast and Snapchat-filtered headshots had the crowd saying “OMG” all night long. Not-so-coincidentally, it was also a Budweiser Thirsty Thursday presented by 95SX in the Budweiser Ashley View Pub, and there was a totes Instagram worthy sunset beyond right field.
The RiverDogs can get back to .500 on Friday when they hit the road against the Drive, the Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Righty Daniel Ramos (2-1, 5.84) will square off against Greenville right-hander Alex Scherff (0-3, 10.22). The game will be broadcast on WTMA 1250 AM in the tri-county area with online streaming audio also available worldwide on riverdogs.com, and through the RiverDogs TuneIn radio app.