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Charleston RiverDogs infielder Mandy Alvarez before a game against the Lakewood BlueClaws in Lakewood, NJ on July 17, 2017 (Martin Griff)

RiverDogs Bounce Back For 3-2 Win Over Lakewood

The Charleston RiverDogs defeated the Lakewood BlueClaws 3-2 to snap a two game losing streak at Joe Riley Park Sunday evening.

The RiverDogs broke out on top in the bottom of the first against BlueClaws starter Nick Fanti. Fanti, who had no hit the Dogs in Lakewood on July 17, walked Diego Castillo with one out. Brandon Wagner followed with a single to right field to advance Castillo to third. Isiah Gilliam brought Castillo home with a single to right field to make it 1-0 Dogs. Estevan Florial singled to right to load the bases for Mandy Alvarez. Alvarez singled to right field to bring home Wagner and give Charelston a 2-0. Fanti would get out of the inning without further damage by getting Oswaldo Cabrera to line back to the mound. Fanti made the catch and fired to third base to double off Gilliam.

The game would remain at 2-0 until Lakewood would strike back in the sixth. After Dogs starter Alexander Vargas had retired Daniel Brito to start the inning, Arquimedes Gamboa tripled deep into the right-center field gap. Mickey Moniak would bring Gamboa home with a ground out to shortstop. Darick Hall would take Vargas deep to left field to tie the game at two.

In the seventh, Hoy Park would draw a walk off BlueClaws reliever Jake Kelzer (L, 0-1) which brought up Castillo. Park stole second and Castillo singled to right. Claws rightfielder Juan Luis tried to throw out Park at third, which allowed Castillo to advance to second. Brandon Wagner would drive Park home for a 3-2 lead with an unassisted ground out to second baseman Brito who initially looked toward throwing home, but he couldn’t square up to throw home and he tagged first base for the out.

The RiverDogs bullpen would shut the door the last three innings of the game. Luis Cedeno (W, 3-0) came into the seventh to relieve Vargas and pitched one and two-thirds innings to earn the win. David Sosebee (S, 7) earned the save and relieved Cedeno in the eighth to record the final out of that inning and then pitched a perfect ninth to lock down the RiverDogs win.

“We threw the ball really well. Alex was outstanding again. He ran into a triple and the solo home run in the sixth to Hall, who I’m not sure why that guy’s still here. We need to get him promoted. Luis comes in and does a good job and then David comes in and shuts the door, so nice job by the staff,” RiverDogs manager Patrick Osborn said.

With the win, the Dogs move to 54-45 overall and 20-9 in the second half. The Claws drop to 53-47 overall and 13-17 in the second half.

The two teams play game three of their four-game series at Joe Riley Park Monday at 7:05 PM.

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