GREENVILLE — Rafael De Paula continued his dominance of the South Atlantic League with 11 strikeouts over six solid innings to lift the Charleston RiverDogs to a 6-3 victory over the Greenville Drive on Thursday night at Fluor Field. The win was Charleston’s seventh consecutive victory, and De Paula’s fourth in a row as well.
The RiverDogs (22-15) move into a first-place tie atop theSouthern Division standings with Augusta.
De Paula (4-2) had some shaky points throughout Thursday’s start, but for the most part dominated the Drive (12-28). De Paula threw six innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a home run on 89 pitches. He struck out 11 and walked just one. With his 11 strikeouts, De Paula leads all of minor league baseball with 69 strikeouts.
Dante Bichette Jr. finished his night 2 for 4 with a two-run homer and a single. His home run in the top of the first put Charleston on top 2-0. Greg Bird registered a hit for the fifth time in the last six games and finished 2 for 3 at the plate with a triple, a two-run homer in the sixth, and two runs scored.
The RiverDogs and Drive meet again today at Fluor Field at 7 p.m. Charleston will start LHP Evan Rutckyj (4-2, 5.22 ERA) as Greenville counters with RHP Pat Light (1-3, 7.71 ERA).