ROME, GA. – Right-hander Daniel Bies ran his scoreless innings streak to 11 straight, backing a second straight quality start from Harold Cortijo as RiverDogs pitching stifled the Braves for a 3-1 win in Wednesday afternoon’s rubber match from State Mutual Stadium.
Bies didn’t allow a hit over the final three innings in relief, needing just to work around a pair of works and two errors in the field behind him to finish off his third save in four appearances since returning to the bullpen. Over the 11-inning scoreless stretch, the Gonzaga product has struck out 14 with four walks and just four hits allowed. Bies now touts a 66:17 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the season.
The 6’8” righty’s efforts backed another solid effort from Cortijo (3-0), who worked around traffic all afternoon to finish his second straight start going six innings and just a run allowed, recording an identical line to his last start Thursday in Hickory, including three strikeouts, two walks and four hits allowed. After allowing a run to score on a double and an RBI ground out in the first, he went on to strand four base runners the rest of the way, all of them in scoring position.
Charleston (40-37, 3-4) backed their starter to erase the 1-0 deficit in the second, taking advantage of an extra opportunity provided by the Braves (33-43, 3-4) defense. First baseman Max Burt rolled a 2-2 pitch out to first for a tailor-made double play ball that Greg Cullen bobbled on the transfer from second, allowing Burt to reach and extending the inning. Second baseman Kyle Gray stepped up and worked a 3-1 count before hammering a double off the track in right-center, scoring Burt to tie the game. Shortstop Welfrin Mateo stroked the next pitch into left field to give the RiverDogs a 2-1 advantage.
Gray would add his second hit in the sixth, singling to lead off the inning, and scored on a Matt Pita sac fly. The second baseman’s afternoon marked his third straight game with multiple hits. The former West Virginia Mountaineer finished the series in Rome 6-for-13 with three extra-base knocks.
The victory marked Charleston’s third win of the weeklong road trip to start the second-half. When Rome plated a run on Griffin Benson’s ground ball in the first, it marked the sixth straight game in which Charleston’s opponent scored first.
The RiverDogs return home Thursday night to start a seven-day homestand, beginning with a four-game tilt against the Asheville Tourists. The Tourists come into town after splitting a four-game set with the Dogs in their last visit to the Lowcountry from June 6-9; the Rockies farm club took the first two series of the year at McCormick Field and own a 7-4 record against the Dogs this season.