RiverDogs fall in extra innings
GREENVILLE — Mario Martinez hit a broken-bat, walk-off RBI single into left field with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning to send the Greenville Drive to a 2-1 extra-innings win over the Charleston RiverDogs on Wednesday night at Fluor Field.
The RiverDogs fell to 34-32 in the second half and 73-61 overall, finishing the season an even 35-35 on the road. The Drive improved to 27-36 and 49-83.
It was an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel for the first seven innings of the game with neither team scoring a run until the eighth.
In the top of the eighth, Jake Cave led off with his sixth triple of the year and promptly scored on Jose Rosario’s RBI single to give the RiverDogs a 1-0 lead. However, the lead would not last.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Drive tied the game thanks to a two singles and an error to force extra innings.
Martinez came through with the walk-off single to win it in the 11th.
Rookie Davis made his Charleston debut, and the righty was impressive. Davis didn’t walk a batter, gave up eight hits and fanned six in five shutout innings.
Sergio Gomez made the start for Greenville and was even better. Gomez allowed just two hits in six shutout innings, walked three and collected three strikeouts.
The bullpens also were solid for both squads. Derek Varnadore threw five innings in relief for Charleston and gave up just one run on three hits with four strikeouts. John Brebbia (0-2) got tagged with the loss for the Dogs following the walk-off single in the 11th. He recorded two outs, gave up a hit and walked a man.
Raynell Velette went two innings in relief for the Drive and surrendered the only run Charleston scored in the game. He allowed four hits and struck out three. The most effective pitcher was Kyle Martin (2-1), who spun three hitless, scoreless innings with one walk and four strikeouts. Martin earned the victory to improve to 2-1.
Danny Oh paced the RiverDogs with a 3-for-3 performance.
Thursday is the final off day of the season for the RiverDogs. The team will open its final homestand of the year at The Joe on Friday night with the first of four games against the Rome Braves. Charleston will start RHP Brett Gerritse (8-7, 3.60 ERA) for the last time this season, and Rome will counter with RHP Mauricio Cabrera (3-8, 41.8 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.