GREENVILLE, S.C. – Jordan Montgomery tossed a career-high seven-scoreless innings and the Charleston RiverDogs held on late to pick up their first win against the Greenville Drive this season in 5-4 fashion, Saturday night at Fluor Field at the West End. The last RiverDogs win over the Drive came at The Joe on August 28, 2014.
Charleston (22-20) jumped all over the Drive’s starter Reed Reilly (2-2) to the tune of three runs on five hits in the first inning. Devyn Bolasky, Angel Aguilar and Dustin Fowler all reached to begin the ballgame, and Fowler’s single drove in Bolasky, which gave the RiverDogs the 1-0 lead. Connor Spencer connected on an RBI groundout to short and Chris Breen’s single upped the advantage to 3-0.
Montgomery (4-3) took the hill and the three-run lead and never looked back. The southpaw faced the minimum through the first 11 hitters before Rafael Devers hit a two-out double in the fourth. Montgomery finished his outing by retiring the final 10-men he faced. His final line was two hits, no walks, and eight strikeouts over the seven-scoreless innings. He threw 69 pitches, 57 of which were strikes.
The RiverDogs offense plated a run in the third on a Spencer sac fly and another in the sixth on an RBI single by Gosuke Katoh giving them a 5-0 lead.
Sean Carley was called upon in the eighth inning after the starter was lifted. He retired the first man he faced before Yoan Moncada followed with a triple, Michael Chavis worked a walk and Carlos Mesa drove in the Drive’s first run with an RBI single making it 5-1.
The righty bounced back to strikeout Joseph Monge, but gave up a three-run homer over the monster to Mauricio Dubon, which pulled the Drive (25-17) to within one at 5-4 and ended his outing.
Joe Harvey entered and was greeted on a ball hit to left by Derek Miller, but Breen threw a strike to the bag at second for the final out of the frame.
Devers connected for a leadoff single in the ninth and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Harvey battled back to strike out the final two hitters of the game and earned his eighth save in as many chances.
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COMING UP: The RiverDogs and Drive wrap up their four-game series with the finale Sunday night at 7:05 p.m. from Fluor Field at the West End. Charleston will send LHP Justin Kamplain (1-5, 3.50) to the hill and Greenville is set to counter with LHP Dedger Jimenez (3-1, 3.15).
It’s the final game of the seven-game road trip as the RiverDogs return home on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th for special 6:35 p.m. start against the Rome Braves. Along with the special start time will be a special post-game fireworks show to round out the opener of the three-game homestand.