Rome starter Wes Parsons dominated Charleston’s lineup with seven two-hit, shutout innings as the Braves topped the RiverDogs 5-0 on Friday in front of 5,273 fans at Riley Park.
Parsons (5-6) gave up leadoff singles in the first and third innings and faced just one batter over the minimum in his seven scoreless frames. He retired the last 14 batters he faced.
Charleston starter Cesar Vargas (4-5) allowed two runs in the fourth inning and three in the fifth before calling it a night. He gave up seven hits, five runs, and walked one without striking out a better in five innings.
Jake Cave and Wes Wilson were the only RiverDogs (23-25 second half, 62-54 overall) to reach base safely. Cave went 2 for 4 with two singles and Wilson finished 1 for 3. Charleston never got a runner past first.
The highlight of the night came on a play in the top of the fourth when Carlos Franco hit a hard ground ball to third with the bases loaded. RiverDogs third baseman Ty Afenir dove and deflected the ball toward shortstop Cito Culver, who gloved it and from deep in the hole jumped and threw to first to retire Franco 5-6-3. The crowd gave Charleston a standing ovation after the play.
The series continues Saturday at 6:05 p.m. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a free RiverDogs backpack.