Riverdogs drop series opener to Greenville 6-2

CHARLESTON, SC - Cody Koback (3-4, 2 RBI) led the last place Greenville Drive offense in a 6-2 win over the first place Charleston RiverDogs in South Atlantic League play Tuesday night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in front of 2,560 fans.

With the loss, the RiverDogs are now 33-22 on the season and drop to second place in the Southern Division, just one game behind the first place Savannah Sand Gnats. With the win the Drive move to 17-39 on the season and remain in last place in the Southern Division.

The first pitch was delayed one hour and 27 minutes from the scheduled start time of 7:05 due to rain.

Following the delay, the Drive wasted no time scoring the first runs of the night. After singling to right field and reaching second on an error, Mookie Betts scored on a Koback single to center. Then with runners on the corners, David Chester plated Koback and Alex Hassan with a double to left-center. Chester then made the score 4-0 as he scored on an Aneury Tavarez single to center.

RiverDogs starting pitcher Luis Niebla (2-2) settled down after a shaky first inning as he would not allow another run until the sixth. In six innings of work Niebla allowed five runs on seven hits and recorded two strikeouts in the loss. He was relieved by Dietrich Enns who went on to allow one run on three hits and struck out four batters in three innings of work.

Jacob Dahlstrand (1-1) picked up his first win of the season for the Drive. He pitched six innings, struck out one batter and allowed only one run on three hits. Cody Kukuk would finish the game for Greenville. He pitched three innings, allowed one run on one hit, and struck out eight batters he faced.

The Drive extended its lead in the sixth inning. After doubling down the left field line, Koback scored for the second time on another Chester double to left-center field.

In the seventh, Koback drove in Betts with a line drive to right field to give the Drive a 6-1 advantage.

Offensively, it was a slow night for the RiverDogs as they managed just four hits. A solo home run by Peter O'Brien in the fourth inning gave Charleston its first run of the game. O'Brien was 1-4 on the night with his team leading eighth homer of the season. They would not score again until the bottom of the eighth inning as Jose Rosario scored on a Claudio Custodio single to center field. Jake Cave ended his 0-31 hitting drought as he singled in the bottom of the first inning. Dante Bichette, Jr. failed to record a hit and had his seven game hitting streak snapped. Bichette has still hit safely in 17 of the last 19 games.

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