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Charleston RiverDogs pitcher Rony Garcia before a game against the Lakewood BlueClaws in Lakewood, NJ on July 17, 2017 (Martin Griff)

RiverDogs’ Sloppy Play Leads To 3-2 Defeat Against Greenville

The Greenville Drive defeated the Charleston RiverDogs for the second straight night by the score of 3-2 Friday night at Joe Riley Park.

Greenville scored their first run in the third off RiverDogs starter Rony Garcia (L, 0-2). Jerry Downs started the inning off with a double to right field. Carlos Tovar then grounded to shortstop Oswaldo Cabrera. Cabrera fired on to first, but Tovar beat the throw for a hit. The throw then got away from first baseman Vince Conde allowing Downs to score for a 1-0 Drive lead.

Greenville extended the lead in the top of the fourth. Bobby Dalbec reached on a throwing error by Cabrera with one out off of Garcia. Garcia had two pitches get away from catcher Donny Sands for wild pitches that advanced Dalbec to third and then Brett Netzer hit into a ground out to second to plate Dalbect for a 2-0 Drive lead. Ryan Scott reached on an error from first baseman Vince Conde that moved Netzer to second. Tucker Tubbs would hit a line drive to center field for a base hit that scored Netzer to give the Drive a 3-0 lead. Due to the fielding miscues from the RiverDogs, all of Garcia’s runs were unearned.

The RiverDogs would strike back in the bottom of the fourth. Isiah Gilliam singled to left field off Drive starter Hildemaro Requena to lead off the inning. Steven Senesley then hit a ball down the right field line that dropped in for a base hit to advance Gilliam to third. With Dermis Garcia batting, Requena uncorked a wild pitch to score Gilliam and bring the RiverDogs to within 3-1. On that same play, Sensley advanced to third when Drive catcher Roldani Baldwin threw the ball away for an error trying to get Sensley out at second. Dermis Garcia follwed by rifling a ball into the left field corner to chase Sensley home to cut the lead to 3-2. That was as close as the Dogs would get as Requena (W, 6-3) would get Conde to pop out to second base and then froze Olivares for a strike out to end the inning.

Joan Martinez would pitch three innings of scoreless relief for the Drive, striking out six Dogs and not allowing a hit. Hunter Smith would pitch a scoreless ninth for his eighth save of the season.

“We didn’t take of the baseball. If we take of the baseball, we win the game. We got to play better defense – bottom line,” RiverDogs manager Patrick Osborn said.

The RiverDogs drop to 59-51 overall, while slipping to 25-15 on the second half. The Greenville Drive improve to 61-48 on the season and 20-20 in the second half.

The two teams continue their four-game weekend set at Joe Riley Park Saturday with a 6:05 PM start. The Dogs will run out Alex Vargas (0-2, 2.37 ERA) while Darwinzon Hernandez (3-3, 4.38 ERA) takes the ball for the Drive.

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