CHARLESTON, SC - The Charleston RiverDogs trailed 1-0 after seven, but a three-run home run gave the Hickory Crawdads plenty of insurance as the Texas Rangers' Class-A affiliate shut out the Dogs, 4-0, in the four-game series opener to hand Charleston their fifth straight loss in front of 3,998 at Riley Park on Saturdayevening.
Right-hander Janson Junk (3-2) allowed just one run and was yanked with no outs in the fifth inning, needing 91 pitches to get there. Dallas Baptist product Dalton Higgins followed Junk with three hitless innings. The RiverDogs (45-44, 12-9) reliever has lowered his ERA to 1.09 in his last nine appearances, allowing one earned run over his last 23 innings.
Righty Braden Bristo threw 1 2/3 innings, surrendering his first homer of the season in the eighth, a three-run blast from right fielder Miguel Aparicio. With the big inning, the RiverDogs have now allowed three or more runs in six separate innings during the first four games of the homestand.
Charleston hitting managed just six hits off Hickory (42-48, 12-10) hurlers. First baseman Dermis Garcia and center fielder Matt McPhearson stroked singles, extending their hitting streaks to nine and seven games, respectively.
The Holy City has not led at any point during their season-long, five-game losing streak going back to Monday's defeat in Columbia. The RiverDogs have been shut out twice during their first four days back at The Joe. Charleston had not lost three straight home games until the current homestand.