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Feature Sized – Charleston RiverDogs starting pitcher Brian Keller works against the Lakewood BlueClaws at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in Charleston, SC on Thursday, May 4, 2017. (Martin Griff)

Dogs Swept, Drop Sixth Striaght At Home To Lakewood, 3-2

The Charleston RiverDogs dropped their sixth straight home game by the score of 3-2 at Joe Riley Park in Charleston in the rain shortened affair against the Lakewood BlueClaws and fell to 13-15 on the season. The BlueClaws swept the three-game series.

Charleston RiverDogs manager Patrick Osborn argues unsuccessfully with home plate umpire Zach Neff over a pitch that hit BlueClaws’ Darick Hall in the top of the second inning. (Martin Griff)

Brian Keller ( L, 2-2, 3.45 ERA) started for the Dogs and ran into trouble in the top of the second inning. Keller hit Darick Hall to start the inning out. After Luke Williams had grounded out to second, Hall advanced to second base. Cord Sandberg then singled to right field allowing Hall to advance to third. Edgar Cabral ripped a double into the right field corner allowing Hall and Sandberg to score to give the BlueClaws a 2-0 lead.

Charleston RiverDogs left fielder Estevan Florial singles in the third inning. (Martin Griff)

The RiverDogs would claw back in the third. Oswaldo Cabrera singled to left field. After Isiah Gilliam had lined out to left field and Leonardo Molina flew out to center, Estevan Florial singled to center field, putting Cabrera at second. With Angel Aguilar at the plate, BlueClaws starter Ranger Suarez (W, 2-0, 0.93 ERA) threw a wild pitch to advance both runners. Aguilar then hit a hard grounder to the hole that Claws third baseman Luke Williams could not come up with that scored Cabrera. Williams then tried to get Aguilar at first and threw it away, allowing Florial to score to tie the game at two.

David Sosebee pitched an inning in relief (Martin Griff)

In the top of the sixth, Hall clubbed a home run to right-center field to give the Claws a 3-2 lead, which would be the eventual winner. The weather was ominous all night, and the tarp was put on immediately at the end of the seventh inning before the game was called.

The grounds crew race to put the tarp on the field. (Martin Griff)

The RiverDogs continue their homestand Friday night against the Delmarva Shorebirds (Baltimore Orioles) for a three-game set.

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