The Charleston RiverDogs won an afternoon shootout with the Hickory Crawdads to to sweep the series after a 13-9 win.
The RiverDogs offense got it started early in the afternoon with four first inning runs against Crawdads starter Collin Wiles. Tyler Wade got things going with a one out triple in the first and was driven in by Miguel Andujar to get the scoring underway. After a walk to Mike Ford that put runners on first and second the red hot Yeicok Calderon blasted a three run home run to right field to give the RiverDogs a 4-0 lead after one.
But it wouldn’t be easy after that for Charleston, starter Rookie Davis gave up six runs in the fourth inning and couldn’t get out of the frame. Davis went three and a third innings giving up five hits and a walk that lead to the six earned runs.
The RiverDogs would tie the game at 6-6 in the bottom of the fourth but RiverDog reliever Chad Taylor couldn’t hold it there giving up two runs on a two RBI single to Crawdads first baseman Ronald Guzman in the fifth. The Crawdads would add another run in the sixth before the RiverDogs took control.
With Hickory up 9-6 a double by Michael O’Neil and a sac fly by Andjuar made it a 9-8 game. Next inning after the Crawdads were set down in order the RiverDogs loaded the bases with one out for center fielder Brandon Thomas who hit a grand slam to center field to give the home team a 12-9 lead.
Thomas was 2-for-3 on the day with his fourth home run of the season and five runs batted in. Calderon was 3-for-5 on the day and is now hitting .371 since joining the squad. Designated hitter Jackson Valera added a sac fly in the ninth to finish the scoring on the afternoon.
Evan Rutckyj picked up the win in relief as he threw three innings of one run ball striking out four. Stefan Lopez shut the door in the ninth to clinch the sweep for Charleston.
Next up for the RiverDogs (61-62) is a rematch with the Rome Braves at home and that four game series gets started tomorrow night with Andy Beresford toeing the rubber.