RiverDogs slide continues as Chris Gittens collects pair of hits to extend his reached base streak to a league-high 32 games
GREENVILLE, SC – In the first three games of the Charleston RiverDogs’ losing streak, there were missed chances and “what if” moments to think back on in three tightly contested ballgames. On Tuesday night, the Drive left no doubt on as the RiverDogs were handed their fourth straight loss in a decisive 11-3 defeat in game two at Fluor Field.
Greenville (26-25) racked up 11 runs on 14 hits to blow past first-place Charleston (30-20) to take the three-game series in dominant fashion. The RiverDogs offense managed ten hits, but couldn’t chain enough offense together to keep up with the Greenville onslaught.
The RiverDogs jumped out to an early lead in the second to put the first run on the board. RiverDogs centerfielder Jeff Hendrix beat out an infield single with one out before Nathan Mikolas ripped a two out line drive that punched through the scoreboard panel in left field for a ground rule double, making it 1-0 Charleston.
In the second, Simon De la Rosa (1-3) played with fire for the second straight inning. After dancing out of a two out, bases loaded jam in the first, he walked Greenville right fielder Trenton Kemp with one out and gave up a single to shortstop Jeremy Rivera. After Luis Alejandro Basabe struck out, Chad De la Guerra smoked a double to straightaway center that scored two to give Greenville a 2-1 lead. Josh Ockimey followed with an RBI single, part of a 3-for-4 performance for the Greenville first baseman who finished the night with three RBIs, driving in four total in the series through two games.
With Charleston trailing 3-1 heading into the third, De la Rosa could not record an out, and was chased from the ballgame after giving up a two-run double to Roldani Baldwin. The Boca Chica, Dominican Republic native took the loss allowing six runs (all earned) on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Greenville batted around in third off of De la Rosa and Cody Carroll, who entered in relief, to finish off the four run, four hit inning that gave the Drive a 7-1 advantage.
Carroll took it the next 4.2 innings, allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts. An error in the seventh extended the inning for the Drive, allowing them to tag the Mount Juliet, TN native for three unearned runs, making it 10-1.
With a leadoff double in the eighth, Chris Gittens reached safely for the 32nd consecutive game, the longest streak in the South Atlantic League and would finish the night going 2-for-5.
Hendrix’s RBI double drove in Gittens before wild pitch by reliever Austin Glorius gave the RiverDogs their third run.
With the loss, the RiverDogs remain in first place in the South Atlantic Leauge with a 4.0 game cushion on Asheville and Columbia.
The RiverDogs continue their series with the Drive in Wednesday night’s finale as Charleston sends RHP Yefrey Ramirez (2-1, 2.97) while Greenville counter with RHP Jose Almonte (1-1, 2.25) with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm at Fluor Field. After the three game series in Greenville, the RiverDogs return to host Kannapolis from June 2-4 at Riley Park.
Ticket information for the RiverDogs 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. Listen on WTMA 1250 AM in the tri-county area.