Early lead slips to Crawdads in series finale
HICKORY, N.C. (DOGS) - For the third straight game, the Charleston RiverDogs scored the first run of the contest against the Hickory Crawdads but suffered a loss in a 3-1 defeat on Wednesday afternoon at L.P. Frans Stadium in South Atlantic League action. Former Citadel Bulldog Joe Jackson drove in all three runs for the Crawdads. Charleston was swept in a three-game road series and was also eliminated from the First-Half Southern Division pennant race. The RiverDogs have a 27-32 record after their eighth straight loss. The Crawdads are now 31-27 with their fifth consecutive victory. Tyler Wade propelled the RiverDogs to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Following a one-out single to center field, Wade stole second base and reached third on a wild pitch while Aaron Judge was at the plate. Judge grounded out and scored Wade for a quick Charleston lead. The RiverDogs lead would be short-lived as the Crawdads tied the game during the bottom of the first. Evan Van Hoosier led off with a single. Van Hoosier tried to score on Nick Vickerson's double but was thrown out at the plate on a relay from Michael O'Neill to Wade to Jackson Valera. Vickerson advanced to third on the throw and came in during a single by Jackson. The next few innings included scoreless work by Charleston's Luis Severino and Hickory's Akeem Bostick. Severino stranded runners at second base in the second and third innings before quickly retiring the side in the fourth. Bostick left one runner aboard during each of his final three frames before Ricardo Rodriguez relieved him with a scoreless top of the fifth. Hickory took a 3-1 lead in the home half of the fifth. Jackson batted with two outs and had Michael De Leon and Van Hoosier on base. Jackson doubled to center field, driving both runners home as the Crawdads went ahead. This was the sixth straight multi-hit game for Jackson, who also has a nine-game hit streak overall. Charleston did not score any runs after taking its early lead in the first inning. The RiverDogs got the potential tying runs aboard with back-to-back singles in the ninth, but their comeback was snuffed out by a strikeout and a foul pop out. Wade ended the game with two hits, including a double, and the only RiverDogs run. Rodriguez earned the win, improving to 3-1 following four shutout innings of relief. Severino recorded a quality start but was charged with a loss and dropped to 1-2. Hickory's Angelo Leclerc pitched a scoreless ninth inning to claim his first save of the season. COMING UP: Charleston returns to Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park on Thursday to start a four-game homestand against the Savannah Sand Gnats at 7:05pm. RiverDogs LHP Ian Clarkin (1-3, 4.23 ERA) will open against Sand Gnats RHP Miller Diaz (5-0, 1.93 ERA). Budweiser Thirsty Thursday, presented by 95SX, includes $1 drafts and DJ Natty Heavy in the Ashley View Pub. The RiverDogs are also partnering with Palmetto Goodwill for the Goodwill Homestand and the "Drive for 5" to collect 5,000 pounds in donations, and anyone who brings a tall kitchen bag full of donations will receive a free voucher to a future RiverDogs game. Tickets may be purchased at the Riley Park Box Office, (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or on-line at www.riverdogs.com. If fans cannot make it to the ballpark, they are encouraged to tune in to all the action this year both home and away worldwide on www.riverdogs.com and locally on 1250 WTMA, the new radio home for RiverDogs baseball.