The Charleston RiverDogs have officially been eliminated from playoff contention after their 9-2 loss last night at the hands of the Rome Braves.
A huge third inning put this one away early for the RiverDogs as the Braves put up a seven spot to break a 2-2 tie. Charleston starter Gabe Encinas did not have it again as he stuggled to throw two and a third innings allowing five walks and two hits to give up six runs, four of them earned.
Encinas has struggled through nine starts since coming up from the GCL. He has a 6.94 ERA in 23 innings pitched. The bottom of the third started with a fly out and Encinas then gave up a double and a walk followed by an error by Miguel Andujar which scored a run and made it 3-2.
Encinas then walked the next batter and loaded the bases before being replaced by Chaz Hebert. Hebert would allow a two RBI single, a bases clearing triple and a RBI single to finish the scoring in the inning. Hebert settled in after that throwing four and a third inning givining up nine hits in that span and and struck out five giving up three unearned runs.
Offensively it all came in the second inning for the RiverDogs as they scored two runs on back to back doubles. Second baseman Gosuke Katoh doubled after a walk to Kale Sumner to set up runners on second and third with one out. Center fielder Claudio Custodio, in his fourth game with Charleston promptly doubled both men in and gave the Dogs a short lived 2-1 lead.
Custodio was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI on the night, Katoh was 1-for-4 with his double and Sumner went 1-for-2 with two walks was pretty much the Charleston offense on the evening.
The RiverDogs (65-66) continue the three game set Saturday night with the Braves sending out Luis Niebla to the mound.