ROME, Ga. — The Charleston RiverDogs lost both games against the Rome Braves in a doubleheader Thursday, falling 4-1 in the first game and 3-0 in the series finale at State Mutual Stadium.
GAME ONE: Charleston (8-12 overall, 42-48 second half) scored a first-inning run for the second game in a row, but the offense did not get a hit in the remaining six innings. Vince Conde got the scoring started early with a leadoff home run to left-center field, his first homer with the RiverDogs this season.
However, the offense went silent and Rome (9-10, 40-49) took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Bryan De La Rosa hit a two-run dinger that put the Braves in the lead for good.
The Braves added insurance to their lead with two two-out runs in the bottom of the fifth. Ozhaino Albies hit an RBI double to left, and then Omar Obregon drove him in with a single to right.
Wes Parsons (1-0) earned the win in his Rome debut, while Jordan Foley (3-3) took the loss for Charleston despite pitching all six innings. Brad Roney worked around consecutive two-out walks in the seventh to earn his fourth save.
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GAME TWO: Charleston and Rome went scoreless through the first five and a half innings, but the Braves erupted for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the RiverDogs away.
With runners on the corners and one out, Jordan Edgerton hit a hard ground ball deflected by the pitcher Angel Rincon (1-1). Rincon chased the ball down, but his only play was to get the out at first and Albies scored the first run of the game.
Rome (10-10, 41-49) added two more insurance runs in the frame. Tanner Murphy followed with an RBI single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a double by Braxton Davidson to give the Braves a 3-0 lead.
Charleston (8-13, 42-49) only mustered one hit in the series finale, a single by Conde in the third inning. Conde had two of the three RiverDogs hits in the doubleheader.
Sean Furney (5-3) pitched six scoreless innings for the Braves and only gave up the third inning hit. Felix Marte retired the RiverDogs in order in the top of the seventh to earn his first save of the season.
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COMING UP: The RiverDogs travel to Savannah for a four-game series beginning Friday at 7:05 p.m. Charleston will send RHP Joey Maher (1-4, 2.89 ERA) to the mound against RHP Michael Gibbons (0-1, 4.50 ERA) for the Sand Gnats. You can listen to the action on “The Big Talker” 1250 WTMA, WTMA.com, and RiverDogs.com.