CHARLESTON, SC - Greg Bird capped off one of the most remarkable seasons in Charleston RiverDogs history in dramatic fashion with a walk off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to send Charleston to a 1-0 win over the Rome Braves in the season finale on Monday night in South Atlantic League action in front of 4,593 fans at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
With the victory, the RiverDogs finish the season with a 36-34 second half record and 75-63 overall. The Braves finish up at 37-33 in second half play and 73-66 overall with the victory.
Nothing happened offensively until the ninth inning when the Dogs finally were able to punch through.
Fu-Lin Kuo led off the frame with a walk. After a strikeout by Wes Wilson, Charleston just missed getting a walk off homer from Jake Cave as he flew out to the wall in centerfield for the second out of the inning.
Jose Rosario got hit by a pitch to move Kuo to second and set the stage for the memorable ending to a memorable season.
Greg Bird smacked a pitch back up the middle to score Kuo and win it for the Dogs just before the rains came.
It was a perfect ending to the year sown at The Joe.
Rookie Davis got the start and tossed five shutout innings for the Dogs. Derek Varnadore then came in and spun four no hit shutout frames to earn the win and finish the year at 2-7.
BALLPARK FUN: Fans were treated to the season's final fireworks display over the Ashley River after the game! Also, the crowd of 4,593 brought the season average to an all-time Charleston baseball record of 4,292 for the year. The 283,274 total attendance for the season is the second largest number in Charleston history behind only the 284,718 that came through the gates in 2007. Thank you, fans.
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