With runners at the corners and two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Charleston’s Dante Bichette Jr. swung at a pitch and missed, the ball got away from Greenville catcher Jordan Weems and Jackson Valera scored from third to win the game.
The ball appeared to hit Bichette’s bat on the backswing, and the play was argued vehemently by the coaches and players from the Drive.
But, in the end the call stood and the RiverDogs knocked off the Drive, 3-2, in front of 3,017 fans at Riley Park on Wednesday night.
With the dramatic win, the RiverDogs improve to 9-8 in the second half and 48-37 overall. Charleston is now in sole possession of third place in the SAL Southern Division standings. Greenville falls to 11-9 in the second half and 33-56 overall.
RiverDogs starter Luis Niebla went six innings and allowed two runs on five hits while striking out four. Niebla received a no decision and was relieved by right-hander Derek Varnadore who was celebrating his 23rd birthday. Varnadore’s final line was one inning, two hits, and three strikeouts. Varnadore gave way to Alex Smith to start the eighth inning. Smith’s pitched one inning, allowed one hit and walked two.
Former South Carolina standout Tyler Webb (1-1) came in to start the ninth and earned his first professional win with a perfect two innings of work to go along with five strikeouts.
Greenville starter Jacob Dahlstrand went seven innings and allowed a pair of runs on six hits while striking out three and walking one. Dahlstrand received a no-decision as he departed for right-hander Raynel Velette. Velette (0-1) took the hard luck loss with his 22/3 innings of work that saw him allow a run on two hits while striking out a pair walking two.
The final game of this three-game series against Greenville is Thursday night at 7:05 at Riley Park. LHP Daniel Camarena (1-3, 4.87 ERA) will start for Charleston, and Greenville will counter with righty Justin Haley (4-7, 3.88 ERA).
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