CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The game got underway Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., but the RiverDogs’ offense showed up after the clock struck noon to the tune of 11 runs, all coming in the seventh inning, as Charleston swept its way past the West Virginia Power with a 12-5 victory.
The RiverDogs, who play their home opener today at 7 p.m. against Augusta, completed their season-opening seven-game road trip with a 5-2 mark. Right-handed pitcher Rafael DePaula (0-0, 4.15 ERA) is on the mound tonight for the RiverDogs, while Augusta counters with RHP Joan Gregorio (1-0, 1.80 ERA).
West Virginia jumped on RiverDogs starter Cesar Vargas with four runs in his five innings of work. Vargas struck out six and had two walks, leaving the game with the RiverDogs trailing, but that didn’t last long.
The RiverDogs’ bats came alive in the seventh, starting with Saxon Butler’s single, which was one of eight hits in the frame. The final line in the top of the seventh read 11 runs on eight hits, three errors and only one man left on base.
Claudio Custodio notched his first hit of the season and the final run for the RiverDogs with a solo homer with two outs in the top of the ninth.
Claudio Custodio led the way for Charleston, scoring three times and hitting his first homer of the season. Four other RiverDogs chipped in with two hits each.
West Virginia starter Clay Holmes was the lone bright spot for the Power (1-6) as he threw five innings of shutout ball and allowed two hits while striking out three and walking three.
West Virginia scored four runs in the third and added one more run in the eighth. Right fielder Josh Bell provided most of the Power’s power, hitting a three-run homer and a double.