Shortstop Oswaldo Cabrera lifted a solo home run for the Charleston RiverDogs’ only offense as they were stymied by the Greenville Drive, 4-1, in front of 4,247 on a Father’s Day Sunday at Riley Park.
The Venezuelan pulled a two-out home run over the extended glove of Greenville (25-44) right fielder Marino Campana to pull the Dogs (33-35) within a run in the sixth inning. The solo shot was the switch hitter’s third long ball of the season and his first at The Joe.
Third baseman Welfrin Mateo collected a single and a double, giving him three multi-hit games in his first eight games as a RiverDog.
Charleston starting pitcher Deivi Garcia (0-1) pitched five innings, surrendering two runs while striking out seven. The 19-year-old has 17 punch outs in his first 10 innings with the RiverDogs. Righty Janson Junk threw the final four innings in relief, giving up a pair of Drive insurance runs in the ninth.
Greenville has now won all three series against the Holy City this season. The Drive took two of three in each of the first two meetings in Greenville this season. The Drive finished the first half with a league-worst 25-44 record.
Charleston got the tying run aboard in the bottom of the seventh but failed to push across the tying tally. The Dogs rounded out the first half with an 0-21 record when trailing after seven innings making them the only team in the SAL without a victory in such scenarios.
-per Charleston RiverDogs