GREENVILLE, S.C. (DOGS) - Twoearly triples and Eduardo de Oleo's first home run of the season sparked theCharleston RiverDogs, but Brandon Thomas' ninth-inning single was the winner inan 8-7 sweep-clinching victory over the Greenville Drive on Wednesday eveningat Fluor Field at the West End in South Atlantic League action.
Charleston's recordstands at 6-7 as Greenville slides down to 7-6. This three-game win streak isthe best stretch of the season for the RiverDogs.
On the second pitch ofthe ballgame, Abiatal Avelino stroked a triple to right field that got theRiverDogs on the move. Avelino went home on a sacrifice fly from Tyler Wade,beating a tag attempt from Greenville catcher Jordan Weems for a 1-0 Charlestonlead. The RiverDogs doubled the lead later in the first inning when MiguelAndujar scored on a John Murphy single.
The RiverDogs lead grewto 5-0 in the top of the fourth. Thomas led off the frame with a walk andscored during a Gosuke Katoh triple. Katoh scored when de Oleo clearedGreenville's version of the Green Monster in left field for a two-run shot thatput Charleston up by five.
Greenville started totrim the Charleston lead in the fourth inning. Kevin Mager hit a leadoff homerun in the bottom of the fourth, cutting the RiverDogs lead to 5-1. In thefifth, the Drive came within 5-3 after a two-run double by Jantzen Witte offthe Monster.
Charleston began ahectic sixth inning by reinforcing its lead. With two outs and two runners inscoring position, Wade singled and brought in Katoh and Mikeson Oliberto togive Charleston a 7-3 advantage.
The Drive cut into theCharleston lead in the sixth before tying the contest in the eighth. JimmyRider and Bo Greenville had run-scoring singles in a three-run rally thatsliced the RiverDogs lead to 7-6. Rider responded again in the eighth with agame-tying single to even the game at 7-all.
Thomas came through inthe final inning to put the RiverDogs back in front. After two quick outs,Andujar and Mike Ford extended the inning with a walk and a single,respectively. Thomas drove in Andujar for the go-ahead run on a single that putCharleston ahead 8-7. Greenville was unable to score against Philip Walby, whoclosed the door on the Drive and the series.
Andury Acevedo receivedthe victory in relief, moving up to 1-0. Taylor Grover lost his Drive debut andfell to 0-1 this season. Walby picked up his first save at the end of thetriumph.
COMING UP: Charleston returns to the Lowcountry and hosts athree-game series against the Rome Braves that starts at 7:05pm on Thursday,April 17. The series opener pits RiverDogs RHP Brady Lail (1-1, 5.79 ERA)against Braves LHP Jared Dettmann (0-1, 5.00 ERA). Thursday night at The Joewill be another Budweiser Thirsty Thursday presented by 95SX, complete with DJNatty Heavy, $1 drafts, and a Wild Wing Caf wing-eating contest in the AshleyView Pub. The Dunder Chiefs will perform a postgame concert adjacent to theBeer Garden thanks to Palmetto Brewery and Awendaw Green. Tickets may bepurchased at the Riley Park Box Office, (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or on-line at www.riverdogs.com. If fanscannot make it to the ballpark, they are encouraged to tune in to all theaction this year both home and away worldwide on www.riverdogs.com andlocally on 1250 WTMA, the new radio home for RiverDogs baseball.
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