Three Charleston Hurlers Combine for Second Nine-Inning No-Hitter in RiverDogs History

Three Charleston Hurlers Combine for Second Nine-Inning No-Hitter in RiverDogs History
Charleston RiverDogs

SALISBURY, MD - After playing five straight games decided by two runs or fewer, the Charleston RiverDogs had hoped for an easy, blowout win to take the series in Delmarva. Despite taking a six-run cushion into the bottom of the ninth inning, it was far from a comfortable finish.

Three Charleston hurlers combined for the first nine-inning, RiverDogs no-hitter since 1994, and just the second in team history, as the RiverDogs rolled past the Shorebirds, 7-1, on Thursday evening at Perdue Stadium.

Right-handers Janson Junk (6-4), Austin DeCarr and Daniel Alvarez all held Delmarva (59-59, 34-27) without a hit on the evening, marking the first nine-inning no-no since Jim Brower, now an assistant coach with the Seattle Mariners, completed the feat himself in a 3-0 win at College Park over Columbus on August 3, 1994. It was the first no-hitter for the RiverDogs of any kind since Jason Standridge turned in seven hitless innings on June 28, 1999.

Charleston's (56-63, 23-28) historic feat didn't come without a few bumps in the road. Junk walked a pair and hit right fielder Will Robertson twice in his two-plus trips around the order but struck out five Shorebirds to keep the O's farm club off balance throughout the evening. Delmarva were able to score without a hit in the third, thanks to a leadoff error committed by Junk, a wide throw that sailed past first baseman Dermis Garcia to put catcher Ben Breazeale aboard to lead off the inning. After a walk and a wild pitch, he scored on second baseman Mason McCoy's ground out, cutting the early deficit to 5-1.

DeCarr worked around a pair of walks over three scoreless before Daniel Alvarez shut down the game with a 1-2-3 ninth with first baseman Ryan Ripken squaring up a line drive right to the glove of Frederick Cuevas in right field to end the ballgame.

Cuevas provided the early cushion with a grand slam, the first of his career and first home run with the RiverDogs, to cap a five-run second inning. The RiverDogs erased the Shorebirds lone run with an insurance tally in the fifth; Oswaldo Cabrera roped a one-out single and later scored on a passed ball. Catcher Eduardo Navas went yard for the second time this season, a leadoff shot to right in the sixth, marking the first multi-home run season of the Venezuelan's five-year, professional career.

It marked the second nine-inning no-hitter in the South Atlantic League this year after three Greenville Drive arms combined for the feat on July 19 at McCormick Field in Asheville.

Upcoming

The RiverDogs go for the three-game sweep of the Shorebirds on Friday night from Perdue Stadium. Charleston will throw righty Alex Mauricio (1-1, 7.20) two starts removed from throwing six shutout innings against the 'Birds in the same ballpark. Delmarva will counter with southpaw DL Hall (2-7, 2.24). Friday's contest can be tuned into on "The Big Talker" WTMA 1250 AM in the tri-county area and with online streaming audio via the RiverDogs' TuneIn radio station.