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RiverDogs Drop 13-Inning Marathon in Delmarva

Chris Shaw drives in winning run in bottom of the 13th walk-off win for Shorebirds

SALISBURY, MD – Left fielder Carlos Vidal broke up a no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the seventh inning and came around to score to tie the ballgame at one apiece, but the Charleston RiverDogs were outlasted, 2-1, by the Delmarva Shorebirds who walked off on an RBI single by Chris Shaw in the bottom of the 13th on Thursday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

Right-hander Francisco Jimenez turned in six no-hit frames for Delmarva, keeping the RiverDogs off the bases until the fifth inning when center fielder Blake Rutherford drew a leadoff walk. The Dominican O’s prospect finished with five strikeouts to just the one walk.

Charleston (11-11) got to the bullpen in the seventh when Vidal and Estevan Florial began the frame with back-to-back singles off Steven Klimek before Rutherford brought home Vidal two batters later on an RBI groundout to second base, evening the game at 1-1.

RiverDogs starter Brian Keller was sharp, racking up eight strikeouts across six innings with a pair of walks on four hits. The Shorebirds (11-11) took advantage of the Wisconsin native early when left fielder Cole Billingsley singled with two outs to drive in right fielder Jake Ring who reached on a one out walk in the first.

Raynel Espinal turned in four dominant innings of relief, striking out a career-high nine with no walks and just three hits allowed to keep the game tied until Kolton Mahoney took over in the 11th.

Mahoney (0-1) took the loss for Charleston, allowing his first run all season after a one out walk and a single and an error by Collin Woody put runners at second and third with one out. Billingsley was intentionally walked to load the bases before Shaw ended the ballgame with the game-winning knock.

Catcher Donny Sands collected two hits in the only multi-hit performance for Charleston who managed just six hits across the 13 frames.


The RiverDogs continue the series with the Shorebirds on Friday night. The game two contest with oppose Charleston LHP Phillip Diehl (2-0, 2.51) against Delmarva LHP Zach Muckenhirn (1-1, 2.14) starting at 7:05pm from Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. The game will be broadcast on WTMA 1250 AM in the tri-county area and online streaming at riverdogs.com and the TuneIn Radio app under the “Charleston RiverDogs” station. The RiverDogs return home for a weeklong homestand starting on Tuesday, May 2 at The Joe.

RiverDogs tickets, including options for the all-new Riley Park Club, are now available and 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 in the tri-county area or by streaming online at riverdogs.com and the TuneIn Radio App by searching “RiverDogs.”


This post is a press release courtesy of the Charleston RiverDogs Media Relations Department.

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