GREENVILLE, S.C. – Vince Conde, Billy Fleming, and Austin Aune tallied three hits apiece and helped pace the Charleston RiverDogs past the Greenville Drive 6-2 in the finale of their three game series and season series, Sunday evening at Fluor Field at The West End.
Charleston jumped out to the early 1-0 two batters into the game against Greenville’s lefty, Dedgar Jimenez. Angel Aguilar hit a double off the Green Monster and Conde followed with a double of his own to bring in the lead runner and make it 1-0.
Aune connected for a single three batters later and Conde scored, upping the lead to 2-0. The three-run first wrapped up with Devyn Bolasky’s sacrifice fly to center, which scored Fleming and made it 3-0. Fleming brought in Conde with an RBI single in the top of the second inning and put the R’Dogs in front 4-0.
Matt Marsh climbed the hill and retired the side in order in the first, before the Drive picked up a pair in the second. The righty gave up a walk to Javier Guerra, a single to Mike Meyers, and walked J.T. Watkins to load the bases.
Carlos Mesa was next and the designated hitter drew an RBI walk before Bryan Hudson grounded into a fielder’s choice and cut the lead to 4-2. Marsh bounced back to strike out David Sopilka and Radley Haddad nabbed Hudson stealing second to end the inning on the strike ’em out throw ’em out double play.
The Drive did not score again in the ballgame as Marsh, Sean Carley and Conner Kendrick pitched the final seven innings in scoreless fashion.
Charleston’s offense added two insurance runs, one in the sixth and one in the ninth. Haddad scored on a double play in the sixth and Conde trotted home on Fleming’s sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Marsh (2-4) took home the win with 5 1/3 innings, in which he allowed two runs, both earned on five hits, three walks and five strikeouts. Jimenez (6-9) pitched into the sixth as well, but took the loss giving up five runs, four earned, on 11 hits; he didn’t walk anyone and struck out two.
Conde continued his outrageous week with three more doubles. In his last six games, the infielder has hit 15-for-25 (.600) with eight doubles, four home runs, 15 RBI and 11 runs scored.
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COMING UP: The RiverDogs head home and open up a seven-game homestand with the first of a three-game series against the Rome Braves Monday night at 7:05 p.m. Charleston will trot RHP Joey Maher (4-4, 2.22) to the hill against Rome’s RHP Touki Toussaint (3-4, 6.33). You can listen to the action on “The Big Talker” 1250 WTMA, WTMA.com, and RiverDogs.com and watch the MiLB.tv broadcast beginning at 7 p.m.
HOPE Week starts Monday, as the RiverDogs team up with the New York Yankees “Helping Others Persevere and Excel” initiative and bring it to Charleston for the fourth year in a row. The RiverDogs and all of the Yankees’ affiliates garner awareness for highlighted causes, individuals, and organizations. Monday’s HOPE Week initiative Major Thomas Richmond and Jennifer Richmond have been with the Salvation Army organization for 20 years and currently serve as the Commanding Officers and pastors here in Charleston. Their work covers the Berkley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties where they oversee The Salvation Army’s work. Every Monday at The Joe is Coors Monday Night Baseball, presented by Kickin’ 92.5. Visit the Ashley View Pub for $1 hot dogs and $1 draft beers as the RiverDogs spoof Monday Night Football. Dogs With a Cause will feature the Charles Webb Center/Avondale 5K. The Charles Webb Center is a developmental day care operated by the Disabilities Board of Charleston County, serving children with special needs from age six weeks to 10 years old. Finally, go all out and show us how much you love the RiverDogs during Super Fan Night!