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RiverDogs Split Series, Lose to Braves 6-5

The Charleston RiverDogs split their road series with the Rome Braves after dropping the last game of their four game set 6-5 in an 11 inning walk off Sunday afternoon.

The Braves again got out to an early lead which was the norm in this series, RiverDogs starter Justin Kamplain gave up a three spot and couldn’t get out of the second inning. Kamplain went an inning and two thirds surrendering four hits and two walks with all three runs being earned.

The Braves cruised into the sixth when the RiverDogs finally broke through and scored a run. Miguel Andujar lead off the inning with a single and came around to score on an Eduardo de Oleo sacrifice fly to make the score 3-1.

The RiverDogs made a run at a comeback and started off the eighth inning with three consecutive singles to bring the RiverDogs within one. Mike Ford drove in Tyler Wade for an RBI, Ford then scored on a one out RBI single from de Oleo to tie the score at 3-3.

Yeicok Calderon finished the eighth inning with a two run home run to right field to give the RiverDogs a 5-3 lead with only six outs from taking three out of four games.

Conor Mullee couldn’t hold the lead in relief though as two batters into the bottom of the eighth the Braves tied the game up on a Sean Godfrey home run to left field to knot the game again at 5-5. The game would end up going into extra innings and the RiverDogs had their chances to win.

In the 10th inning Andujar  and Ford were both cut down at the plate on fielders choice plays to get the second and third outs and got out of a bases loaded threat.

Evan Rutckyj came on in relief of Mullee in the ninth inning and was pitching well until two infield singles set up the Braves with first and third with one out in the bottom of the 11th. Braves third baseman Connor Lien singled in the walk off run and gave the Braves the win.

The RiverDogs (58-62) are back at it Monday night as they return home to begin a three games series with the Hickory Crawdads.

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