CHARLESTON, S.C. — Joey Maher held the Rome Braves scoreless and only allowed one hit in seven innings, as the Charleston RiverDogs won their second straight game 3-0, Monday night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
Maher (5-4) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Luke Dykstra, the second batter of the frame, broke it up with a single. It was the only hit Maher allowed in seven-scoreless innings. He also finished with seven strikeouts.
Rome best chance to score came with the bases loaded and two down in the sixth. Maher buckled down and struck Bryan De La Rosa out with a curveball looking to end the threat, sending the 2,598 fans in attendance into a frenzy.
The RiverDogs (20-30 second half, 54-66 overall) were the first to score as they tallied a run in the bottom of the fifth. Radley Haddad and Griff Gordon hit back-to-back singles, and Devyn Bolasky moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Vince Conde continued to produce and delivered a sacrifice fly to right, which scored Haddad and put Charleston on top 1-0.
The RiverDogs added a run of insurance in the bottom of the seventh against Francisco Gonzalez, who came in to relieve Rome’s starter Touki Toussaint (3-5). With the bases loaded and two outs, Billy Fleming ripped a single into right field and Haddad scored his second run of the game.
Charleston loaded the bases again with two outs in the following inning and tallied another run. Bolasky drew a walk with the bags full and Austin Aune was able to walk home from third base.
Philip Walby and Brody Koerner pitched one inning each to keep Rome off the board in the final two innings. Koerner worked around a leadoff single by Omar Obregon to retire the Braves in the ninth and earn his second save with the RiverDogs.
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GAME HIGHLIGHTS: https://youtu.be/hThHRWZhNY4
BALLPARK FUN: The RiverDogs honored Major Thomas Richmond and Major Jennifer Richmond on the first day of HOPE Week. The Richmonds have been with the Salvation Army organization for 20 years and currently serve as the Commanding Officers and pastors here in Charleston. They came to the stadium early to watch batting practice and met the players before the game.
The RiverDogs also spoofed Monday Night Football once again with another successful Monday Night Baseball. The whole team entered the stadium by running through an inflatable Charlie T. RiverDog head in right field. Speaking of Charlie, he squared off in an intense mascot race against a hot dog, shark, and corn cob to wrap up the evening. The fans once again brought their gold gloves to the park as a sparkling play was made in the suite level early in the ballgame.
COMING UP: The RiverDogs continue their three-game series against Rome Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Charleston will send LHP Justin Kamplain (3-13, 5.00 ERA) to the mound against RHP Sean Furney (6-5, 3.00 ERA) for the Braves. You can listen to the action on “The Big Talker” 1250 WTMA, WTMA.com, and RiverDogs.com or watch the action on MiLB.tv.
HOPE Week continues Tuesday with the Green Heart Project, a community-based volunteer organization that integrates school farms as outdoor classrooms. Players will assist the Green Heart Project staff in fixing up their new store front and visiting one of the gardens. Whether it is your first date or you have been together for decades, bring your special someone to Miller Lite Tuesday Date Night at The Joe, presented by NASH FM. On the main concourse, we will have our Miller Lite “Bro Zone” set up where bros can grab a beer, relax, play some cornhole and enjoy the game. For this Tuesday home game, any duo of fans will receive a special 2-for-$20 deal at the box office. The promotion includes two game tickets, two tacos, two fountain drinks, and one tray of nachos all for $20. Whether you have a significant other or just want to hang out with a friend, come to The Joe and enjoy Tuesday’s spectacular promotion.