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RiverDogs Drop Series Finale To Hagerstown 4-2

The Charleston RiverDogs offense was shut down Friday night in a 4-2 loss to the Hagerstown Suns at Joe Riley Park. Weston Davis came into the game with a 13.50 ERA, but lowered it considerably during his start.

Hagerstown jumped out on top in the first inning off Nick Nelson (L, 1-7). Nelson issued a walk to lead off hitter Blake Perkins. Aldrem Corredor laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Perkins to second. Nelson walked Daniel Johnson to put runners at first and second. Jake Noll drove home Perkins with a chopping single over third baseman Oswaldo Cabrera to give the Suns a 1-0 lead. Johnson and Noll executed a double steal, two of the six stolen bases would collect on the night, and Telmito Augustin would bring Johnson home on a ground out to shortstop to make it 2-0 Suns.

The Suns would score another run in the top of the third. Perkins singled up the middle to start the innings and would steal second base. Corredor then laid down his second sac bunt of the game to get Perkins to third. Perkins would score on a wild pitch from Nelson to extend the lead to 3-0.

The Dogs would get themselves back in the game in the bottom of the third when Davis walked Donny Sands with two outs to bring up Isiah Gilliam. Gilliam would hit a laser over the right field wall for a home run to cut the Suns lead to 3-2. That would be the extent of the Dogs offense though and Davis (W, 1-3) lowered his ERA to 9.72 on the season.

Hagerstown would tack on a run in the top of the eighth when Perkins walked and stole second base. A wild throw from Sands would advance Perkins to third and Johnson would single through the left side of the infield to make it 4-2 Hagerstown.

“We didn’t swing the bats real well. They didn’t either, but they manage to score four runs. Nick (Nelson) was a little erratic there early on. A wild pitch, passed ball, whatever you want to score it got by Donny (Sands) for the third run. We hit some balls hard at some people, but we didn’t just put it together,” RiverDogs manager Patrick Osborn said of the loss.

Charleston continues their homestand against the Lakewood BlueClaws for four games starting Saturday at 6:05 PM.

The Dogs fail to complete the three-game sweep of the Suns and, with the loss, drop to 19-8 on the second half and 52-43 overall. The Suns improve to 14-12 in the second half and 52-43 overall. With the Dogs loss and Asheville’s 9-4 win over Hickory, the Dogs lead in the Southern Division second half raise has shrunk to one and a half games.

Charleston continues their homestand against the Lakewood BlueClaws for four games starting Saturday at 6:05 PM.

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