De Paula and RiverDogs dominate drive Buy this photo

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.

Coming Up

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).

Comments { } is pleased to offer readers the enhanced ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. does not edit user submitted statements and we cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Read our full Terms and Conditions.