GREENVILLE — The Charleston RiverDogs’ bats were silenced once again in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader, but the RiverDogs sped past the Greenville Drive in Game 2 in convincing fashion to keep their playoff hopes alive at Fluor Field in South Atlantic League baseball.
The RiverDogs (36-26) are a game behind Savannah in the Southern Division standings. Greenville (22-42) remained in last place.
Charleston struck first in the second game with three runs in the top of the second inning. With Reymond Nunez (2-4) on second and Dante Bichette Jr. on third, Kelvin DeLeon hit a two RBI single to left field. DeLeon later scored on a Jackson Valera single to center.
Jake Cave hit his first home run of the season for the RiverDogs in the fifth.
Charleston quickly added two runs to its lead in the top of the sixth. Following a Danny Oh single, DeLeon blasted his fourth home run of the season.
The RiverDogs extended their lead to 8-2 in the seventh with a Greg Bird double that scored Cave and Culver.
RiverDogs starting pitcher Daniel Camarena pitched four innings, allowed one run on two hits and struck out two batters, but was not a factor in the decision. Alex Smith (3-3) picked up the win in relief.
The RiverDogs and Drive close out their five-game series today at 7:05 p.m. in Greenville. Charleston will send ace right-hander Rafael De Paula (6-2, 2.43 ERA) to the mound as Greenville counters with RHP Frank Montas (1-5, 5.74 ERA).
Tonight’s game can be heard online at www.riverdogs.com and locally on ESPN Radio 910 AM.