Behind another strong start from Nick Nelson, the Charleston RiverDogs completed a doubleheader sweep of the Columbia Fireflies Tuesday night at Joe Riley Park with a 2-1 victory.
Charleston grabbed the lead in the bottom of the second off Fireflies starter Chris Viall (L, 1-1) when Leonardo Molina led things off with a single to left field. After Pablo Olivares struck out, Dalton Blaser was plunked by Viall on the knee to put runners on first and second. Eduardo Navas, fresh off the disabled list, scorched a double to right-center field to score Molina from second to make it 1-0. Blaser struggled to get to third base on the play and would not return for the top of the third inning. Viall would strike out Ricardo Ferreira and Wilkerman Garcia to end the threat.
In the third, the RiverDogs tacked on another run against Viall. Oswaldo Cabrera walked to start things. Steven Sensley then lined a double toward the left field corner to put Cabrera at third. Chris Hess rapped a ground ball against Columbia’s drawn-in infield that went off second baseman Walter Rasquin that scored Cabrera to make it 2-0 Dogs.
Nelson (W, 1-1) would pitch five innings allowing just three hits, walking one while striking out six.
Columbia would draw to within 2-1 in the top of the sixth off Dogs reliever Anderson Severino. Blake Tiberi walked to lead things off. He would advance to second on a passed ball and then got to third on Matt Winaker‘s ground out to short. Jeremy Vazquez would bring him home with an RBI ground out that glanced off Severino’s glove skipping to shortstop Oswaldo Cabrera who threw to first to record the out. Tiberi would score on the play.
Matt Wivinis (S, 6) would enter the game in the ninth to shut the door for the RiverDogs. He would strike out Scott Manea looking with a breaking ball. He then induced a ground ball that David Metzgar made a nice scoop on and Chris Hess made a nice pick on the throw that bounced to get Walter Rasquin for the second out. Wivinis would then strike out Jay Jabs swinging to end the game and help the RiverDogs complete the sweep of the Fireflies.
With the victory, the RiverDogs improve to 9-10 on the season while Columbia drops to 11-8. The two teams continue their four game series Wednesday night at Joe Riley Park with first pitch set for 7:05 PM.