ROME, GA - Reymond Nunez' RBI double in the top of the twelfth was the difference in Charleston's 5-4 victory over the Rome Braves Sunday evening at State Mutual Stadium in South Atlantic League action.
With the victory, the RiverDogs improve to 3-1 in the second half and remain in a first place tie with the Lexington Legends in the Southern Division. Overall the RiverDogs record sits at 42-30. With the loss, Rome drops to 1-3 in the second half and 37-36 overall and remain in a tie for last place in the Southern Division.
It was a pitcher's duel Sunday led by RiverDogs starter Daniel Camarena who was dominant on the mound. Camarena was perfect through three innings and finished his evening allowing just one hit, a bunt single, and two strikeouts. Camarena was relieved by Zach Arneson who was making his 2013 RiverDogs debut to start the sixth inning. Charleston ended up using five pitchers out of the bullpen with Adam Smith (3-0) picking up the victory tossing two the eleventh and twelfth to close out the game.
Offensively for Charleston, their first two runs came across on one swing of the bat in the fifth inning. Following a strikeout to being the inning, Cito Culver singled. Greg Bird then flew out to right field followed by Dante Bichette Jr. drawing his second of four walks on the night. With runners on first and second and Angelo Gumbs at the plate, the RiverDogs pulled off a double steal to move both runners into scoring position. Then Gumbs got a hold of a pitch and doubled to plate both runners and give Charleston the 2-0 lead.
Charleston's scored their third run of the game in the ninth as Dante Bichette Jr. (1-2, with 4 BB's) doubled home Greg Bird. The RiverDogs were then held scoreless until the top of the twelfth when they struck for a pair of runs thanks to Reymond Nunez and a key error by Rome second baseman Ronald Luna.
All nine RiverDogs recorded a hit Sunday and both Greg Bird (1-5) and Danny Oh (1-5) extended their hitting streaks to seven games each. For Bird, this is his longest hitting streak of this season, while Oh has already had an eight game hitting streak just a few weeks ago.
Rome's offense struggled yet again Sunday until the eighth inning when they struck for a run and then tied it at three in the ninth.
Casey Kalenkosky was the lone Brave to have multiple hits as he finished 3-for-5 at the plate with two singles, a double, a run scored and he also reached on a fielders choice in the fourth inning.
Braves' starter Mauricio Cabrera lasted just four innings but shutout the RiverDogs in those frames as he allowed just four hits and struckout six and walked two. Cabrera was relieved by Cole Nelson who struggled in his first outing with Rome. Nelson lasted three innings and allowed two runs on three hits while striking out five and walking three. Eric Pfisterer came in for Nelson and pitched the eighth and ninth innings for the Braves and even had his first at-bat of the season where he struckout. Taking the loss for Rome was Bryam Garcia (5-1) who tossed two innings and allowed two runs, one earned on two hits.
Following today's game, the RiverDogs move on to conclude their seven game road trip with a three game set in Greenville, South Carolina to face the Drive. Game one of the three game set is scheduled for Monday evening at 7:05pm at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville. Charleston will send RHP Cesar Vargas (2-3, 3.45 ERA) to the mound in the opener as Greenville counters with RHP Justin Haley (3-6, 4.61 ERA). You can listen to the game live locally on ESPN 910 AM or online at www.riverdogs.com.