Greenville spoils Greg Bird’s big night as RiverDogs fall, 7-5
GREENVILLE — Charleston RiverDogs first baseman Greg Bird continued his dominance over the Greenville Drive, however it wasn’t enough as the Drive rallied late for a 7-5 win at Fluor Field in South Atlantic League action.
With the loss, the RiverDogs (42-33) fell to 3-4 in the second half. Greenville (26-50) improved to 4-3. The season series between Charleston and Greenville is now in the Drive’s favor at 11-10.
Greenville scored a run in the third inning, two in the fifth inning, two in the seventh and two in the eighth. The bulk of the offensive production for the Drive came off of the bats of their one and two hitters, Mookie Betts and Jose Vinicio. Betts finished his evening 4 for 4 with three singles, a double, a walk, a stolen base, two RBIs and three runs scored in the leadoff spot. Vinicio was 3 for 5 with two doubles, a single, two RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base.
Greg Bird had a memorable game Wednesday for the RiverDogs, going 3 for 4 at the plate with an RBI double, an RBI single and a three-run homer. Bird ended the game driving in all five runs for Charleston and extended his season-best hitting streak to 10 games. His streak is tied for the team lead this season with both Dante Bichette Jr. and Peter O’Brien. Bird also has knocked in 15 of Charleston’s 29 runs scored in the second half.
Jake Cave went 1 for 5 with two runs scored, while Cito Culver went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
RiverDogs starter Vicente Campos went four innings, allowing a run on five hits and striking out six. Campos was relieved by Brett Gerritse (6-5), who ended up taking the loss. Gerritse’s final line was 3.2 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking one batter.
Drive starter Frank Montas struggled Wednesday as the righty went five innings, allowing five runs — four earned — on six hits. He recorded five strikeouts to go along with a pair of walks. Montas was relieved by Yunior Ortega to start the sixth inning. Ortega (2-2) picked up the victory as he allowed just one hit in three inings. Kyle Kraus pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his second save.
After starting the second half on the road for seven games, the RiverDogs will return to The Joe for the first time since Father’s Day. Charleston welcomes the Hickory Crawdads to town for four games starting Thursday at 7:05 p.m. The RiverDogs will send righty Luis Niebla (3-4, 6.63 ERA) to the mound as Hickory counters with lefty Frank Lopez (2-1, 5.28 ERA).