Charleston Cranks scores season-high 10 runs on 16 hits as two RiverDogs collect their first home runs of the season
GREENVILLE, SC – The Charleston RiverDogs’ bats exploded to life, putting together their most complete offensive performance of the season from top to bottom as they defeated the Drive, 10-1, in a rain-shortened affair on Wednesday night at Fluor Field.
All nine RiverDogs batters reached in the victory, and eight of nine collected at least a hit as catcher Audie Afenir led the charge, putting together a 3-for-4 night with a triple shy of the cycle. The RiverDogs’ 10 runs and 16 hits in the win each were season highs.
Charleston (24-14) teed off of lefty starter Logan Boyd (4-3) right from the start, collecting three straight hits to begin the ballgame. Chris Gittens’ RBI single put the RiverDogs on the board before Angel Aguilar doubled the advantage with a long sacrifice fly to center.
In the second, two straight hits, a single by center fielder Jeff Hendrix and a double by Afenir, put baserunners at second and third. Leonardo Molina hit a sac fly to center that pushed the lead to 3-0.
In the third, Hendrix’s ground ball to second scored Kyle Holder who reached on a one-out double. Afenir followed up with a two-run blast over the left field wall, his first of the season, to make it 6-0 RiverDogs.
Chris Gittens hit an RBI double down the left field line that put the RiverDogs up 7-0 in the fourth.
In the fifth, Molina collected his first RiverDogs home run on another two-run bomb over the monster in left to push the lead to 9-0.
The double by the Drive second baseman was just one of three hits allowed by RiverDogs starter Christian Morris (2-0), who finished the night allowing just the one run over five innings of work while racking up a career-high seven punch outs with no walks on his ledger.
David Sosebee faced the minimum over his 2.1 innings of work in his second appearance of the season. The former Georgia Bulldog issued one walk while striking out a pair before rain would cut the ballgame short in the bottom of the eighth.
With the two home runs in the win, the RiverDogs finish their week long road trip with 12 long balls in their last seven games for a total of 28 on the season and end their week long road trip with a 4-3 record. The RiverDogs remain in first place in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League standings with a 4.5 game lead on their next closest pursuer, the Columbia Fireflies, who travel to Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park to start a four-game series with the RiverDogs on Thursday night.
Charleston returns home for a seven-game homestand starting on Thursday hosting the Class A affiliate of the New York Mets, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm. The RiverDogs will roll out LHP Nestor Cortes (1-0, 1.69) as the Fireflies counter with LHP Kevin Canelon (2-2, 3.27).
Ticket information for the RiverDogs’ upcoming homestand and any of the remaining home games can be secured by contacting the box office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com. Those that can’t make it to the park can follow every pitch of the RiverDogs season on WTMA 1250 AM and streaming online at riverdogs.com.