RiverDogs shut down Braves, 1-0, in series finale
Eric Wooten, Tyler Webb and Vicente Campos combined to toss a shutout for Charleston as the RiverDogs won the series finale over the Rome Braves, 1-0, on Sunday at Riley Park in front of 4,845 fans.
Charleston starter Eric Wooten (1-1) scattered seven hits with no walks in a season-long six innings on the mound. The lefty threw 81 pitches, 60 of which were strikes, and struck out four. He earned his first win as a RiverDog and lowered his ERA to 0.45 in five outings.
Rome starter Frank Lafreniere limited Charleston (24-26 second half, 63-55 overall) to just three hits in six solid innings. He allowed one run, walked three and struck out four.
One of the three hits Lafreniere allowed was a line-drive homer off the left-field wall by Reymond Nunez, his second in as many days. That was all the offense Charleston got, and it was all the RiverDogs needed, thanks to their stellar pitching.
After Wooten departed following his six shutout frames, lefty Webb came in and threw a scoreless seventh, allowing just one hit and striking out one.
In the eighth, Charleston went to the bullpen again and brought in starter-turned-reliever Campos. The righty allowed two hits to put runners at the corners with only one out, but got a huge 5-4-3 double play ball off the bat of Joey Meneses to end the eighth inning. He then worked a perfect ninth to earn his first save as a RiverDog.
Jake Cave enjoyed another good day at the plate, going 2 for 4 and collecting two of Charleston’s four hits.
It was Star Wars Night at The Joe with Darth Vader throwing out a ceremonial first pitch, plus R2D2 and many more Star Wars characters roaming the ballpark throughout the game.
After a day off Monday, the RiverDogs are back Tuesday, when they will welcome the first-place Lexington Legends in a 7 p.m. game.