Offensive rally helps RiverDogs snap eight-game slide
GREENVILLE — Reymond Nunez had four hits to lead the offensive attack for the Charleston RiverDogs in a 10-5 dismantling of the Greenville Drive on Tuesday night at Fluor Field.
The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for the RiverDogs (57-49, 18-21 second half), who got three hits and three RBIs from Robert Refsnyder and three hits and two RBIs by Ben Gamel.
The Drive (52-36,18-20) grabbed the early lead when an error by left fielder Eduardo Sosa in the first inning led to two runs. In the third, Keury De La Cruz scored Greenville’s third run.
The RiverDogs used three straight hits in the fourth to cut the lead to one. Kelvin De Leon and Jamiel Orozco lined consecutive doubles into left for one run, and Nunez scored Orozco with a base hit through the middle to make the score 3-2.
In the fifth, De La Cruz continued his assault. He picked up his second hit of the night by lofting an RBI double into right that scored Jose Garcia from first with Greenville’s fourth run. It was the only earned run that they got off starter Bryan Mitchell (7-8), though, who struck out five in five innings.
Trailing 4-2, a six-run rally in the sixth gave the RiverDogs their first lead. Sosa redeemed himself after his error in the first inning by driving in the first run with an RBI single. Two batters later, with the bases loaded, Gamel smoked a go-ahead, two-run single into center that knocked out reliever Kevin Brahney (1-1). A single by Refsnyder then scored two more, and Francisco Arcia capped the rally with the sixth hit of the inning, an RBI single that made it 8-4.
After the Drive got a run back when a double by Cecchini scored Garcia, Gamel ignited another rally for Charleston with a leadoff triple in the eighth. Refnsyder followed with a double to score Gamel and Arcia plated Refsnyder with another double, the fifth of the night for the RiverDogs.
Charlie Short, making his first career appearance for Charleston, entered the game in the seventh and fired a scoreless 11/3 innings, taking the game to the ninth. Nick Goody ended the game by retiring the last three men in order.
The RiverDogs will send left-hander Matt Bashore (1-3, 4.50 ERA) to the hill in Game 3 of this series at 11 a.m. today against left-hander Henry Owens (10-4, 5.24 ERA).