RiverDogs take opener of doubleheader
Bryan Mitchell hurled six shutout innings to pick up his eighth win as the Charleston RiverDogs shut out the West Virginia Power, 3-0, in Game 1 of a South Atlantic League doubleheader at Riley Park on Wednesday.
Game 2 was suspended due to rain in the top of the fourth with the score tied at 0.
The RiverDogs (68-62, 29-34 second half) and the Power (57-77, 34-30) will play a doubleheader today beginning with the resumption of the suspended game at 4:05 p.m.
Mitchell (8-11) gave up only two hits and two walks with three strikeouts and didn’t allow a batter to reach second base in six innings.
The RiverDogs got on the board with a run in the first inning when Ben Gamel singled, the first of three hits for the center fielder, moved to second on an error and scored on a base hit by Casey McGehee.
In the second, Dante Bichette Jr. made it 2-0 when he came across on an Eduardo Sosa groundout. Rob Refsnyder then tacked on a third run in the fourth by launching a solo homer, his fourth of the year.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney captured the RiverDogs’ Bobblection promotion with 52 percent of the local fans’ “vote.”
The first 1,000 fans to the game had the opportunity to secure a bobblehead of either Barack Obama or Romney, and the former Massachusetts governor’s bobble was gobbled up by fans (500-456).
The RiverDogs will play their final home date of the season today. RHP Will Oliver (3-5, 4.67 ERA) will resume the first game on the mound and RHP Philip Wetherell (5-8, 6.43 ERA) will start Game 2.
There will be giveaways throughout the game as part of Fan Appreciation Night, and there will be free parking for all fans attending the game. The regular season will then be close out in with the season finale fireworks.