The Charleston RiverDogs used five pitchers on Monday evening and needed good work from all of them to hold on to a 4-3 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds in front of 2,543 fans at Riley Park in South Atlantic League baseball.
Charleston (16-14) earned a series victory with a 3-1 edge at home against Delmarva (13-17) that also evened the regular season series, which closed at four wins apiece.
Brady Lail (4-1) started for the RiverDogs and allowed the Shorebirds to score just two runs in five innings pitched.
Federico Castagnini gave Delmarva a 1-0 lead in the third inning when he scored on a two-out single by Josh Hart. In the top of the fifth, Castagnini scored again off Mike Yastrzemski's double, bringing Delmarva's lead to 2-0.
Charleston took the lead with a four-run rally in the bottom of the fifth. A hit batsman, a walk, and an error on a sacrifice bunt loaded the bases for the RiverDogs. John Murphy scored Charleston's first run on a low throw to home plate after a groundball. Kale Sumner tied the game by scoring on a strikeout that was coupled with a wild pitch. Aaron Judge put the RiverDogs ahead 4-2 with a two-run single that capped the rally.
Andury Acevedo kept Delmarva scoreless in the sixth inning before the Shorebirds tagged Philip Walby for an unearned run in the seventh. Gregory Lorenzo had a leadoff single and would cut the Charleston lead to 4-3 when he came in on a groundout from Hart. Cesar Vargas and Nick Rumbelow followed with scoreless innings that wrapped up a RiverDogs triumph.
Lail is 4-1 after his third consecutive winning decision. Rumbelow nailed down his fifth save in as many opportunities.
Hunter Harvey (1-2) took the loss despite allowing no earned runs.
Carolina One Real Estate presented a 50-inch flat screen television to Conner Ellis before Monday's game and will reward a lucky RiverDogs fan with a television for every 50 runs scored by Charleston at home this season. During a promotional contest, Kenneth Norman proposed to his girlfriend, Haley. The future Mrs. Norman said, "Yes!" The RiverDogs also celebrated Cinco de Mayo, including Mexican-themed player headshots, musical entertainment and clips from "The Three Amigos" on the video board.
Charleston is idle Tuesday and begins a three-game road trip at Rome on Wednesday at 7 p.m. RiverDogs RHP Rookie Davis (2-2, 4.45 ERA) opens the quick road trip against Braves LHP Yean Carlos Gil (2-1, 0.86 ERA). A seven-game RiverDogs homestand begins on Saturday with another Social Media Saturday as well as a Tony the Peanut Man Bobblehead Giveaway for the first 1,000 fans through the gates, courtesy of WCSC Channel 5. Tickets may be purchased at the Riley Park Box Office, (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com. If fans cannot make it to the ballpark, they are encouraged to tune in to all the action this year both home and away on www.riverdogs.com and locally on WTMA 1250-AM.
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