NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – Right-hander Daniel Bies worked four scoreless innings to hold a one-run lead down the stretch as Charleston claimed a 3-2 victory in Monday night’s series opener at SRP Park.
Bies entered play ranking third on Charleston’s staff in strikeouts, working in a variety of roles between the rotation and the bullpen this year. He ran his total up to 78 after punching out a pair to pick up his club-leading fourth save of the season. The former Zag has posted a scoreless outing in five of his last seven appearances, all in relief.
Right fielder Josh Stowers broke up a 2-2 tie in the sixth before manager Julio Mosquera handed the game off to Bies. After working a 2-0 count in his favor, the former Louisville Cardinal laced an offering from Preston White (1-3) down the left field line to score Anthony Seigler, who singled to reach with one out earlier in the frame, one of six on the night in which Charleston (48-47, 11-14) had a leadoff hitter aboard.
Starter Harold Cortijo (4-1) continued to be a model of consistency in the Dogs rotation, going five innings while giving up a pair of runs each on solo homers with two outs to Diego Rincones and Jacob Gonzalez in the first and fourth innings, respectively. The Puerto Rican right-hander has now gone at least five innings and permitted no more than two earned runs in any of his seven outings since joining the Charleston rotation in early June.
The RiverDogs matched the pair of early home runs from Augusta (48-45, 12-13) by taking advantage of errors to push across a pair of unearned tallies off the starter. Each of the Dogs’ first two runs scored on sacrifice flies by Eric Wagaman in the second and shortstop Oswald Peraza in the third.
Left fielder Canaan Smith collected pair of hits and reached on three of four trips, including a walk and a double. With Stowers’ game-winning triple, the former second-round selection has now reached base in a season-high 11 straight.