CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Charleston RiverDogs gave up three two-out runs in the top of the ninth inning and fell 4-1 to the Greenville Drive in the finale of the four-game series, Sunday evening at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in front of 6,232 fans, many of which were Boeing employees, and dogs. The loss marks the sixth in a row for the RiverDogs and the four-straight losses to the Drive complete the first series sweep against them this season.
Greenville (21-15) broke the 1-1 tie on an RBI infield single by Joseph Monge in the top of the ninth. Ben Moore scored all the way from second base, sliding in safely as the throw home bounced away from catcher Radley Haddad. The next batter Deiner Lopez belted a triple to the left field corner that scored Javier Guerra and Monge and upped the Drive’s lead to 4-1.
Charleston (19-17) got on the board first when Ryan Lindemuth drove in Chris Breen on a sacrifice fly to right field. The Drive tied the game in the seventh when Rony Bautista’s wild pitch allowed Guerra to score.
Joey Maher got a no-decision despite pitching six scoreless innings for the RiverDogs and only giving up two hits. It was Michael Kopech who got the no-decision for the Drive. The highly-touted Red Sox prospect came out of the gate hitting the upper-90s with his fastball, allowed one run over five innings and struck out seven.
Williams Jerez (3-1) earned the win for Greenville with three scoreless innings of work, Joe Harvey (1-1) took the loss for Charleston, and Michael Gunn earned his first save of the season.
Much like Saturday, Sunday night was a special night at The Joe as the Charleston RiverDogs partnered with nearly 30 local businesses and friends to celebrate the 7,500 Boeing employees that work and live in the Lowcountry.
Box Score: http://atmilb.com/1KZdul9
Game Highlights: https://youtu.be/ubplSnmg1ao
BALLPARK FUN: Many Boeing employees were in attendance during Boeing Employee Appreciation Day. The Boeing Choir sang the National Anthem. Kids flooded into the ballpark as well for Kids Club Sunday and enjoyed playing catch on the field before the game. In addition, many dogs roamed the stadium concourse and barked when the door bell rang throughout the park. The RiverDogs’ players and coaches stayed around late after the game to sign autographs for fans on the field.
COMING UP: The RiverDogs begin a seven-game road trip against the Rome Braves and the Greenville Drive. The three-game series at Rome starts Monday at 7:00 p.m. The teams have not announced their respective starters for the series opener. You can listen to the action on “The Big Talker” 1250 WTMA, WTMA.com, and RiverDogs.com.
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