Charleston’s 16 inning shutout streak came to a crashing halt as Keaton Briscoe hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth to lead the Greenville Drive past the Charleston RiverDogs, 2-1, in front of 3,635 fans at Riley Park in South Atlantic League baseball Tuesday night.
Greenville (11-8 second half, 32-55 overall) broke through in the eighth against reliever James Pazos (1-1). Following a leadoff single by Jordan Weems, Briscoe hit a drive to right that just cleared the wall.
Charleston (8-8, 47-36) took a 1-0 lead in the third on a single by Danny Oh and an RBI double by Cito Culver. Dante Bichette Jr. went 2 for 4 for the RiverDogs.
RiverDogs starter Vicente Campos went four innings, didn’t allow a run, allowed just two hits and struck out two. Brett Gerritse relieved Campos to start the fifth and tossed three scoreless innings while striking out five.
HOPE Week began with a bang as the RiverDogs kicked off the five-day initiative by partnering with the American Lung Association. Participants from last year’s HOPE Week initiative also attended the game and were recognized on the field.
The teams play Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Luis Niebla (3-4, 6.19 ERA) will start for Charleston, while Greenville will counter with righty Jacob Dahlstrand (1-4, 5.84). All seniors (65+) who enter the gates before 7 p.m. will get a free hot dog, Pepsi and bag of chips. Show your AAA card at the box office to buy one ticket and get one ticket free. It’s also Gallo/Barefoot Wine Night at The Joe.