RiverDogs’ rally comes up short
Charleston scored four runs in the final two innings but stranded the bases loaded to end the game and fell, 5-4, to Rome in front of 5,217 fans at Riley Park on Sunday night.
The Braves (37-32 second half, 73-65 overall) jumped on Charleston starter Eric Wooten early, scoring three runs on four hits and a hit batter in the top of the first inning.
The RiverDogs (35-34, 74-63) finally got the bats going in the bottom of the eighth. A single by Jake Cave and a double by Ty Afenir had runners at second and third with out. A wild pitch brought Cave home, then a base hit by Dante BichetteJr. scored Afenir to make it 5-2.
In the ninth, Danny Oh led off with a walk. Then back-to-back one-out singles by Wes Wilson and Fu-Lin Kuo brought Oh across the plate. Cave was then hit by a pitch to load the bases and move the tying run to second base. A wild pitch scored Wilson to make it 5-4. Then with the game on the line, Bichette flew out to left to end the game.
The final game of the season is Monday at 6:05 p.m. at Riley Park. Charleston will start RHP Rookie Davis (0-0, 0.00 ERA), and Rome will counter with RHP Wes Parsons (7-7, 2.78). The night will end with the season finale fireworks show.