Daris Vargas pitched six strong innings, allowing only one hit as the Charleston RiverDogs defeated the Greenville Drive 2-0 Friday night at Joe Riley Park in Charleston.
Behind Vargas strong start, the RiverDogs offense struggled but managed to plate two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Cesar Diaz reached first when he hit a hard ground ball to Greenville third baseman Mitchell Gunsolus that skipped through his legs for an error. Kyle Holder then came to the plate and ripped a double to deep right center field that scored Diaz from first and gave Charleston a 1-0 lead. Holder reached third on Hoy Jun Park’s ground out to second and then scampered home on a wild pitch from Greenville starter Daniel Gonzalez to extend the lead to 2-0.
Greenville’s best threat came in the top of the third when they put runners on first and third with two out. Vargas got Tate Matheny to line out to right field to end the threat. Vargas ended up striking out six while allowing only one walk, improving to 10-6 on the season lowering his ERA to 2.80.
Taylor Widener came in relief in the seventh for the RiverDogs and pitched the final three innings for his third save of the season. He pitched three innings allowing two hits and striking out seven.