The Charleston RiverDogs have started off the season with a 13-5 record, which is good for first place in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division. They’ve been backed by a pitching staff that has been one of the best in the league to this point. The RiverDogs lead the league in strikeouts and is fifth in the 14 team league with a 3.42 team ERA.
Here are some more tidbits from the first month of the season:
- The highlight in the first month of the season for the bullpen was the effort on the road in Augusta against the Green Jackets on April 16. The relief efforts of James Reeves, Travis Hissong and Claudio Custodio combined to strike out 19 batters in eight innings of relief work. Reeves pitched three innings, notching four strikeouts in three innings pitched in relief of Brody Koerner. Hissong recorded 11 strikeouts, which accounted for every out he notched. Custodio relieved him and he struck out four, which accounted for every out he recorded as well. The pitching staff earned 15 outs on 15 strikeouts in the last 5 innings of the 14 inning affair, which the Dogs won 5-3.
- Local favorites James Reeves (Summerville, SC and Citadel alum) and Brody Koerner (Clemson University alum) earned callups to the Tampa Yankees. Reeves recorded a 2.70 ERA out of the bullpen, recording 15 strikeouts in 10 innings pitched. Koerner has been the RiverDogs most consistent starter with an ERA of 1.74 in three starts (1-0 record), while amassing 21 strikeouts in 20 and 2/3 innings pitched.
- Jhalan Jackson has been clutch in the ninth inning for the RiverDogs. He has accounted for three walkoff game winning singles against Columbia on April 8, and in back to back nights against Augusta on April 23 and 24.
- Two RiverDogs have been placed on the disabled list. Infielder Kyle Holder has been sidelined with an upper body injury and starting pitcher Will Carter has been out with an undisclosed injury. “They both have started the process (of working their way back). Carter I think is going to be likely pretty soon. Holder has got more baseball activities to do before he comes back,” manager Luis Dorante said. Dorante said that Holder is at least a few days off from returning. Thairo Estrada has been filling in for Holder in the middle infield while Holder has been out.
- Joe Riley Park is notoriously a pitcher’s ballpark and the RiverDogs strength so far has lied with its pitching staff. As a result, the Dogs are off to a 9-2 start at home.