Behind a strong start from Garrett Whitlock and a strong effort from the bullpen, the Charleston RiverDogs won another pitcher’s duel at Joe Riley Park on Tuesday night by the score of 1-0 over the West Virginia Power.
The RiverDogs scored their lone run of the game in the bottom of the first when Oswaldo Cabrera started things off with a double hit toward the left-field corner off Power starter Sergio Cubilete. Wilkerman Garcia lined a pitch back at Cubilete and struck him on his right cheek resulting in a single. Cubilete was down on the ground for several minutes but did walk off the field without help. He was taken to a local hospital to be checked out, but no update on his condition was given. On the play, Cabrera went to third.
Evan Piechota came into relieve Culilete and faced Steven Sensley. After Garcia was caught stealing at second, Sensley grounded the ball to second baseman Kyle Watson who fielded the ball and beat Sensley to the bag. On the play, Cabrera came home to give the Dogs a 1-0 lead.
Garrett Whitlock (W, 1-1) would earn the victory by pitching five innings allowing just three hits while striking out five. He escaped a jam in the second when Ben Bengtson led off the inning with a walk, followed by a double to the right-center field gap off the bat of Ryan Peurifoy. Whitlock would get Chris Sharpe to strikeout looking and then induced a fly ball to first base from Lolo Sanchez. Cal Mitchell would end the inning with a groundout to second to end the inning.
“I think (Whitlock) did a really, really good job, especially with the circumstance with the way he started the game. He was a little off with his pitches and then he came back and finished strong. I think that’s the key. Let his mistake go by and keep going about his job,” RiverDogs manager Julio Mosquera said.
Brian Trieglaff would come into relieve Whitlock and went three strong innings. He struck out four while allowing two hits. Matt Wivinis would shut the door in the ninth for his first save of the year. Wivinis pitched around a Rodolfo Castro single by getting Kyle Watson at first on a sacrifice bunt, then getting Rafelin Lorenzo to ground out to third and then locking up Ben Bengtson with a breaking ball strikeout to end the game. “I like what (Trieglaff’s) been doing so far during the season. He’s been coming, attacking the strike zone. He’s gotta keep throwing in the strike zone and keep attacking, attacking,” Mosquera said.
Cubilete (L, 0-2) was the hard-luck loser as one of the only two batters he pitched to scored the lone run. Evan Piechota and Blake Weiman kept the Dogs scoreless pitching eight scoreless innings while striking out 11 batters between them. Piechota allowed just two hits in six innings striking out struck out seven while Weiman finished the final two innings striking out four and allowing one hit.
“Our pitching will always give us a chance. The defense did a tremendous job for us. It’s good for us, it’s a good win for us,” Mosquera said.
With the win, the Dogs improved to 6-6 on the season while the Power drop to 6-6. The RiverDogs and Power conclude their three-game series with the rubber match with an 11:05 matinee at Joe Riley Park. The Dogs then hit the road for a four-game set against the Greensboro Grasshoppers starting Thursday before returning home against the Columbia Fireflies on Monday, April 23.