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In a game that featured a combined 19 hits, including nine by Charleston, the RiverDogs were shut out in a 2-0 loss to Lakewood in front of a crowd of 5,047 at Riley Park.

The RiverDogs (53-38, 11-11) entered the night with their longest home winning streak this season at five games.

Even though Charleston was blanked, Mandy Alvarez continued his tear. The RiverDogs third baseman pushed his streak to 21 straight games, 11 with the RiverDogs, and has reached safely in every professional game he has played with 24 since being drafted by the Yankees in the 17th round in June.

The BlueClaws (41-51, 12-11) struck first in the top of the third inning off a Damek Tomscha double to right. Cornelius Randolph led off the inning with a bunt single and moved to second on a wild pitch. With one out, Tomscha drove in Randolph to put Lakewood up 1-0.

Lakewood got its second run an inning later in the fourth off a safety squeeze laid down by Zach Coppola. Carlos Duran got on with a one-out double to right. Brendon Hayden followed with a walk and both runners advanced on a wild pitch from RiverDogs starter Luis Cedeno (5-4). Coppola then laid down the safety squeeze down the first base line and scored Duran on the fielder’s choice.

The RiverDogs’ bullpen turned in a superb outing, logging five scoreless frames after Cedeno exited after just four innings, allowing two runs on seven hits.

Sean Carley turned in three scoreless frames, while Garrett Mundell put up two zeroes to keep the RiverDogs within striking distance.

The BlueClaws were given a solid game on the mound from left-hander Tyler Gilbert (5-7) after seven innings of nine-hit, shutout ball with two strikeouts.

The RiverDogs honored the armed forces with a Military Appreciation Night at The Joe, with those with military ID receiving free admission to the game. There was a pregame Harley-Davidson parade on the warning track, World Express Courier tote giveaway and Live 5 News koozies handed out at the gate. After the game, the RiverDogs brought in a helicopter to drop thousands of bouncy balls and the chance to win prizes such as T-shirts, Planet Fitness packages, golf packages, RiverDogs tickets and $1,000 in one dollar bills.

The series continues on Sunday as the RiverDogs will throw out LHP Nestor Cortes (6-1, 0.71 ERA) to take on RHP Alberto Tirado (1-1, 6.20).

The club will wear special uniforms on a Holy City Sunday. It’s also a Kids Club Sunday when all Kids Club members get in free. Sunday also features free parking and Lowcountry youth eat free, enjoy pregame catch on the field as well as pregame show from the third grade double-dutch world champions. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg will also be in attendance. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m.