For the second night in a row the Charleston RiverDogs exploded at the plate and beat the Greenville Drive 10-0 in their home finale Thursday night.
The RiverDogs didn’t give the Drive a chance to breathe scoring five runs in the first inning and chased their starting pitcher Jamie Callahan after recording only two outs. Third baseman Miguel Andujar started the scoring off with a two run double with one out.
With two outs and the bases loaded catcher Jackson Valera uncorked a line drive three RBI double to chase Callahan and give the RiverDogs a 5-0 lead after one inning.
RiverDogs starter Luis Niebla held it down for Charleston throwing seven shutout innings allowing only three hits and striking out seven. Niebla improved to 3-1 with a 2.23 ERA in seven games and five starts with the Dogs after being promoted from Staten Island.
Andujar went 3-for-5 on the evening with two RBI and two runs scored to lead the way. Yeicok Calderon was 4-for-5 with a RBI single in the fourth inning that made it a 7-0 game. Calderon is still mashing hitting .356 in 21 games with Charleston after hitting .244 in 33 games with High-A Tampa.
In the sixth inning Tyler Wade contributed a RBI single to go 1-for-4 on the night and Valera would single to push the final run of the game across and give Charleston a 10-0 advantage. Valera was 3-for-5 on the night with four RBI.
Reliever Conor Mullee tossed the final two innings for the RiverDogs and brought his ERA to 0.63 in 14.1 innings with Charleston this season.
The RiverDogs (68-68) will embark on their final road trip of the season and mix it up with the Augusta Greenjackets for the final four games of the season. The Dogs will send out Rookie Davis for his final start of the season as he hopes to end the year on a strong note.