RiverDogs shut out Drive
GREENVILLE — Charleston RiverDogs starting pitcher Gabe Encinas tossed six shutout innings, allowing only one hit, as the RiverDogs (2-2) scored a 5-0 victory over the Greenville Drive (2-2) on Sunday afternoon at Fluor Field.
Encinas (1-0) was phenomenal in his RiverDogs’ debut. Encinas was relieved by Brett Gerritse (0-1), who settled in and rebounded from his rough outing just a couple days ago, throwing one shutout inning in relief.
Taylor Garrison entered in the eighth and sat down all six batters he faced.
Offensively, RiverDogs first baseman Gregory Bird and second baseman Rob Refsnyder picked up the slack at the plate.
Bird went 3 for 4 with a pair of singles and a home run, while Refsndyer went 3 for 4.
Dante Bichette Jr. added a two-run homer late for the RiverDogs, and designated hitter Kelvin DeLeon added a solo shot as well. It was the first homer for each.
Catcher Peter O’Brien was ejected in the top of the sixth inning for arguing balls and strikes following a strikeout.
Greenville starter LHP Brian Johnson (0-1) only lasted four innings, allowing one run on six hits while striking out two and walking one.
Greenville could only muster three hits.
The RiverDogs continue their road trip as they head north to face the West Virginia Power for three games beginning today at 7 p.m.