The Charleston RiverDogs laid the smackdown on the Greenville Drive 12-0 Thursday night to win the road series two games to one.
The RiverDogs checked into the game when shortstop Abi Avelino hit a lead off home run to left field for his second on the year to give Charleston a quick 1-0 lead. But the RiverDogs did not stop there, the Dogs would score five more runs and bat around as the Drive starting pitcher Ty Buttery struggled through the first.
Three walks, an error and four hits were the catalyst as Avelino and second baseman Tyler Wade batted twice in the inning. Newly called up first baseman after Mike Ford was promoted, Bubba Jones had a two RBI double to cap off a very long first inning.
The RiverDogs would score again in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings to max out their lead behind starter Justin Kamplain who went four and a third innings and wasn’t eligible for the win even though he only gave up one hit and struck out three. Kamplain ended up walking five to elevate his pitch count and was taken out after retiring the only batter he faced in the fifth inning.
RiverDog reliever Angel Rincon came on and pitched three and two thirds innings of shutout ball earning his sixth win of the season. Stefan Lopez pitched a two strike out ninth inning to close it out in the non-save situation.
Wade finished the evening going 3-for-5, blasting his first home run of the year, a solo shot into center field. Jones was 2-for-5 with two doubles and Yeicok Calderon and Kale Sumner were both 2-for-4 with a RBI.
Even with the series win the RiverDogs (65-65) are a loss or an Asheville Tourists win away from being eliminated from the postseason. It’s a long shot for the Dogs who will travel to Rome to take on a familiar rival in the Braves this weekends. To start off the series starter Gabe Encias will get the call for Charleston.