Nunez, Bird power RiverDogs past Drive
GREENVILLE — Reymond Nunez clubbed two monster home runs and Greg Bird added another as the Charleston RiverDogs went deep three times for the second straight game and defeated the Greenville Drive, 8-1, Tuesday night at Fluor Field.
The RiverDogs, winning their fourth straight, improved to 34-31 in the second half and 73-60 overall. The Drive fell to 26-36, 48-83.
Greenville starter Francisco Taveras threw 49 pitches in his lone inning of work, surrendering five runs on four hits, two homers, a couple walks and one strikeout. He was tagged with the loss to fall to 2-5.
Following Jose Rosario’s one-out walk in the top of the first, Bird clubbed his team-leading 20th homer of the year, putting the Dogs up 2-0 early.
Later in the first inning, Nunez launched a three-run blast to left to make it 5-0.
Nunez led the way for Charleston with four RBIs and two homers.
The Drive took advantage of a double and an error to score their only run of the game in the bottom of the first on an RBI groundout by Jesus Loya.
Charleston added a run in the third on Nunez’ second homer of the game, a solo shot to center, to increase the lead to 6-1.
Thanks to some questionable defense by Greenville in the fourth inning, two more runs came across for the RiverDogs to push the lead to 8-1. They never looked back.
Eric Wooten (2-2) spun six solid innings, giving up only one unearned run on four hits, no walks and nine strikeouts. He retired the final nine batters he faced.
Former South Carolina standout Tyler Webb threw two scoreless innings for Charleston. James Pazos closed it out with a scoreless ninth inning.
The finale of the three-game series is at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. Charleston will send out RHP Rookie Davis to make his debut for the Dogs as they go for the sweep, while Greenville will start RHP Sergio Gomez (0-3, 5.28).