Mike Jefferson’s sparkling seventh win neutralized a Casey Stevenson-led RiverDogs win in the opener to salvage a South Atlantic League doubleheader split for the West Virginia Power on Thursday at Riley Park.
Jefferson held Charleston to one hit in the 7-1 nightcap after Stevenson drove in four runs in the RiverDogs’ 7-2 first-game victory.
The split gave Charleston a record of 69-63 (30-35 in the second half). West Virginia stands at 57-79 (35-31).
Jefferson (7-7) shut down the RiverDogs’ offense. He allowed only one hit, a homer by Francisco Arcia in the sixth inning, walked two and struck out four. After an error put a man on in the second, he retired the next eight in a row.
Stevenson (2-3, 4 RBIs, 2 runs) and Reymond Nunez (2-3, 2 RBIs) led the RiverDogs in the opener. Stevenson’s bases-clearing, 3-run triple in the sixth was the highlight.
The RiverDogs hit the road to Augusta for their final regular season road trip. The first game is scheduled for tonight at 7:05. RHP Cesar Vargas (0-0, 3.86 ERA) will start for Charleston.