Dogs waste late heroics; lose 4th straight game

— After rallying with two runs in the top of the ninth, the Charleston RiverDogs dropped a 5-4 South Atlantic League walk-off decision to the West Virginia Power on Wednesday night at Appalachian Power Park.

Newcomers shined in the RiverDogs’ ninth-inning comeback with center fielder Ricardo Ferreira beating out an infield single to lead off the ninth before Mandy Alvarez drove in the tying run with a groundout to third that made it 4-4. For Alvarez, it was his 13th RBI in 14 games with Charleston despite a 0-for-5 day at the plate.

Jhalan Jackson, one of the rare remnants of the RiverDogs’ Opening Day roster, finished with a solid 3-for-5 night with an RBI to lead the offensive charge.

In the bottom of the ninth, RiverDogs righty Hobie Harris (1-3) walked Ryan Nagle on four pitches to lead off the inning.

West Virginia catcher Christian Kelley sacrificed him over to put the winning run in scoring position before Harris struck out shortstop Alfredo Reyes at the bottom of the order. After an intentional walk to Casey Hughston, Logan Ratledge reached on a fielding error by Harris to load up the bases before Mitchell Tolman’s single to right lifted the Power to victory, their second walk-off win over the RiverDogs this season.

In a wild back-and-forth affair that featured 21 combined hits, three ties, and five lead changes, it never felt like the RiverDogs were in control as they lost their fourth in a row to tie their season-high losing streak set from May 27-31.

West Virginia took the lead in the first inning and never gave the RiverDogs any breathing room. After Casey Hughston reached on a single to right center, the first of seven leadoff batters to reach for the Power, Daniel Arribas hit into a one out RBI fielder’s choice to make it 1-0 Power.

The RiverDogs began continue their series with the Power on Thursday night at 7:05pm at Appalachian Power Park. The RiverDogs will send RHP Daris Vargas (5-5, 3.70) as the Power roll out RHP Dario Agrazal (6-6, 4.11). After the three-game tilt in Charleston North, the RiverDogs face the Hagerstown Suns in a four-game series before returning to The Joe for a four-game homestand from July 28-31.