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Charleston RiverDogs pitcher Raynel Espinal works in relief against the Lakewood BlueClaws at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in Charleston, SC on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (Martin Griff)

RiverDogs Snap Six Game Losing Streak 5-3 Over West Virginia

The Charleston RiverDogs snapped a six-game losing streak behind a four-run second inning against the West Virginia Power 5-3 at Joe Riley Park in Charleston.

The RiverDogs had to patch together the game pitching-wise after starter Nick Green left the game after taking a line drive off his backside that scored the first Power run in the top of the first. Angel Aguilar would tie the score in the bottom of the first with a broken bat single to left that drove home Hoy Park.

Raynel Espinal (W, 2-1) would relieve Green, pitching three innings allowing just two hits while striking out four to earn the victory.

The RiverDogs scored four of their five runs in the bottom of the second inning off West Virginia starter Eduardo Vera. Brandon Wagner started things off with a single to left field. Oswaldo Cabrera followed with another single to right field. Dalton Blaser kept the single parade going with a single off first baseman Albert Baur‘s glove to drive in Wagner to give the Dogs a 2-1 lead. After Ben Ruta grounded out to the Vera who took the out at second, Park drove home Cabrera with an opposite field single to left to make it 3-1. Diego Castillo drove home the fourth run with a fielder’s choice that scored Ruta. Estevan Florial capped off the scoring with yet another single, this time up the middle that scored Park and made the margin 5-1.

The Power would tack on runs in the fifth and sixth off Christian Morris to make it 5-3, but that’s as close as they would get. Trevor Lane pitched two scoreless innings while Hobie Harris earned his first save with a scoreless ninth.

The Dogs take a 6-5 season series lead against the Power and square off Wednesday night in game two of the three game set. They improve to 31-34 on the season while West Virginia drops to 28-33 on the year.

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