CHARLESTON, S.C. — Jorge Mateo went 3-for-5, hit an inside the park home run, and stole three bases, but it was not enough to lift the Charleston RiverDogs to a victory as they lost 4-2 to the Rome Braves in front of 5,344 fans, Monday night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
Trailing 3-0 in the fifth, Vicente Conde drew a one-out walk. The next batter Jorge Mateo ripped a ground ball down the third base line. It rolled all the way to the corner and by the time the Braves chased it down, Mateo was already rounding third and heading for home. He slid in safely ahead of the throw for an inside-the-park home run to cut the deficit to 3-2. Max Povse (2-1), Rome’s starting pitcher, left the game after the fifth.
Charleston (23-21) had a chance to score with a runner on second in the eighth, but Radley Haddad grounded out to end the inning. Rome added one more run in the ninth on an infield single by Omar Obregon and upped their advantage to 4-2.
The RiverDogs loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but could not plate a run. Kyle Kinman struck out Austin Aune to end the game and earn his fifth save of the season.
Rome (20-24) got on the board first with two runs in the first inning. Angel Aguilar made a fielding error on a ground ball to second base. The Braves followed with an Joey Terdoslavich double, a Jordan Edgerton RBI single, and a Matt Tellor RBI groundout.
Rome added their third run on a sacrifice fly by Edgerton in the fifth that scored Albies. Three of the four runs were unearned against Charleston’s pitching staff.
David Palladino (1-3) pitched four innings in the start and settled down after allowing the two first inning runs. Andre Del Bosque pitched five innings in relief, gave up one earned run on four hits and tied a season-high with six strikeouts.
Terdoslavich joined the Rome squad Monday on a major-league rehab assignment from the Atlanta Braves. He went 2-for-4 with a run scored and was hit by a pitch in his first game action since spring training.
Box Score: http://atmilb.com/1FcgMy6
Game Highlights: https://youtu.be/xLIuhG0m-dI
BALLPARK FUN: The RiverDogs celebrated Memorial Day at The Joe by giving out American flags and honored the men and women who have served and are serving our country with a moment of silence prior to first pitch. The flags were raised by the crowd and waved back-and-forth by the fans during the seventh-inning stretch when Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA played throughout the stadium. Players ran out through an inflatable Charlie T. RiverDog for Monday Night Baseball. Hideki Matsui was in attendance and received a standing ovation from the crowd when he was honored in the middle of the fifth inning. The night was capped off with a beautiful fireworks display over the scenic Ashley River, which once again featured a pyrotechnic salute to Charleston’s long-time mayor Joe Riley.
COMING UP: The RiverDogs continue three-game series against the Rome Braves Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Charleston will send RHP Luis Cedeno (3-3, 2.43 ERA) to the mound, Rome has yet to announce their starting pitcher. You can watch the game on MiLB.tv or listen to the action on “The Big Talker” 1250 WTMA, WTMA.com, and RiverDogs.com.
Enjoy Tuesday’s Date Night with your favorite four-legged friend for Doggie Date Night. Whether you have a significant other, a good friend, or just love your dog, everyone can enjoy a fun Tuesday night at The Joe! The RiverDogs are teaming up with Pet Helpers to see if we can find a forever home for some of their dogs they have up for adoption. There will also be a photo booth for fans and their pup, a doggie kiss cam, and doggie kissing station out front. For every Tuesday home game this season, any duo of fans will receive a special 2-for-$20 deal at the box office. We will have our Miller Lite “Bro Zone” set up, where bros can grab a beer, relax, play some cornhole and enjoy the game.