Right-hander Garrett Whitlock extended his scoreless innings streak to 25 straight as the Charleston RiverDogs claimed a shutout victory for the third time on Saturday, 6-0, over the Lexington Legends in front of 6,114 fans at Joe Riley Park.
Whitlock (2-1) continued at his nearly untouchable pace, as the 21-year-old mowed down a career-high 10 Legends (14-13) hitters in his seven scoreless innings. The righty surrendered just two hits and a walk, lowering his season ERA to 1.06.
In his last three starts, Whitlock has 21 strikeouts compared to the one walk he issued on Saturday. The Georgia native faced the minimum through the first six innings, rolling a double play ball to wipe out the lone baserunner he surrendered.
At the plate, RiverDogs (14-15) third baseman Chris Hess went 3-for-4 including two doubles, an RBI and a run, extending his hitting streak to six games. Designated hitter Pablo Olivares also had three hits, one of which was a two-bagger, and scored two runs in his first game batting leadoff.
Altogether, the Holy City lineup put together 13 hits, including a season-high six doubles. The Dogs have struggled with runners in scoring position this season, beginning the night at a .198 mark, but had six hits with ducks on the pond in Saturday’s victory.
Starting with a first inning run, the RiverDogs staked their first lead and never looked back. Left fielder Leonardo Molina drove in a pair in the effort for Charleston.
Braden Bristo shut the door for Charleston, throwing a pair of scoreless innings. The right-handed reliever has not allowed an earned run in 11 1/3 innings pitched this season.
The RiverDogs dropped the ball with their promotion on Saturday. In fact, they dropped approximately 3,000 balls with the first Fly-In Helicopters Bouncy Ball Drop of the season presented by NASH FM and Fox 24. One lucky contestant won $500, but did not claim the $2,000 grand prize, meaning the pot increases to $4,000 next month. Saturday was also Cinco De Mayo(nnaise), which included a variety of condiment-crazed between inning games, one of which included a marriage proposal. She said yes.
Game three of the four-game series will begin at 5:05 on Sunday. Right-hander Alexander Vargas will make his first start with the RiverDogs this season after being reassigned from extended spring training on Saturday. Sunday is also “Bark for your Brew,” a dog-friendly craft beer tasting from 1-4. Tickets are $25 which include entry to the event and sampling tickets, and a ticket to Sunday night’s game. Sunday’s broadcast will be televised locally on MyTV (Channel 36 over air and satellite and channel 13 on cable) and simulcasting on 1250 WTMA in the tri-county area. There will be online streaming audio also available worldwide on riverdogs.com, through the RiverDogs TuneIn radio app and on MiLB.tv.