Cave’s walk-off double gives RiverDogs 5-4 win
After being no-hit through six innings, the Charleston RiverDogs scored five times in the game’s final two frames, including a walk-off, two-RBI double by Jake Cave, to defeat the West Virginia Power, 5-4, Thursday night in front of 4,356 fans at Joe Riley Park in South Atlantic League action.
With the win, the RiverDogs are back to .500 at 30-30 in the second half and 69-59 overall. West Virginia fell to 36-23, 73-56. Charleston also won the series 2-1.
Offensively, it was not a good start for the RiverDogs, with West Virginia starter Tyler Glasnow allowing no hits, no runs, five walks, along with a career-high 13 strikeouts over five innings.
The Power didn’t score the first run of the game until the fourth inning when Dilson Herrera and Raul Fortunato both doubled to make it 1-0. After a couple errors, a hit and a walk in the seventh, the Power extended their lead to 4-0.
The seventh-inning stretch seemed awaken the Charleston bats from their slumber. Jackson Valera lined a single into left to start the home half of the seventh and break up the no-hitter.
In the eighth, a couple of doubles by Cave and Greg Bird got Charleston its first run, and then Ericson Leonora’s third homer of the year, a two-run shot, cut the lead to one run.
Leonora threw out a runner at home to end the top of the ninth inning and keep the game at 4-3.
The RiverDogs begin their final road trip of the season beginning Friday in Asheville, N.C., First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at McCormick Field.