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Columbia’s Bats Too Much for RiverDogs in 12-4 Loss

The Charleston RiverDogs announced their 2021 roster on Friday
The Charleston RiverDogs announced their 2021 roster on Friday(Live 5 News)
Published: May. 12, 2021 at 11:02 PM EDT
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Columbia, SC— The Charleston RiverDogs felt great about the start of Wednesday night’s game at Segra Park in Columbia. Two home runs in the top of the first inning staked them to a 4-0 lead just six batters into the game. However, the RiverDogs were held without a hit the rest of the way and Columbia put together three big innings to pull away for a 12-4 win.

The RiverDogs (4-4) quick start was initiated by Nick Schnell who hit the first pitch of the game from Fireflies starter Matt Stil out of the ballpark. After Stil issued a pair of two-out walks, Luis Leon tacked on with his first home run of the campaign, a three-run blast that cleared the right field wall. From that point forward, four Columbia pitchers did not allow another hit and combined to strike out 17 RiverDogs hitters.

Columbia (5-3) grabbed control for good in the third. Felix Familia opened the inning with a single off of Ben Brecht. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases with one out for Maikel Garcia, who was a key factor in Tuesday’s series-opening win for Columbia. The shortstop came through again with a two-run single to center that cut the lead in half. Juan Carlos Negret, who was 0-18 on the season, clubbed a go-ahead three-run home run in the next at bat that pushed Columbia in front 5-4.

In the fifth, the Fireflies went to work against reliever Steffon Moore. A wild pitch allowed the first run of the inning to score and later, with the bases loaded, catcher Kale Emshoff ripped a bases clearing three-run triple into the gap for a 9-4 Columbia advantage.

Negret delivered once more in the eighth inning with his second three-run home run of the evening. The right fielder finished the game 3-4 with two home runs, six runs batted in and three runs scored. Eight of the nine players in the Columbia lineup tallied a hit with Negret and Garcia collecting three each. The 13 hits surrendered by RiverDogs pitching were a season-high.

The series continues on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. RHP Taj Bradley (0-1, 19.29) will start for the RiverDogs while RHP Ben Hernandez (0-0, 6.75) will take the ball for Columbia.