Morris helps RiverDogs complete series sweep

The Charleston RiverDogs used shutout pitching and key hits Thursday night to come away victorious, 2-0, and complete the series sweep over Rome in front of a crowd of 4,705 at Riley Park.

The series finale with Rome (36-54, 9-12) finished in quick fashion, a 21/2-hour contest which featured another quality start from Christian Morris (6-2), who threw 61/3 shutout innings, allowing just six hits and striking out four. Morris exited the game in the top of the seventh with one out after being hit in the ankle by a line drive.

Charleston (52-37, 10-10) scored both of its runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning. Cesar Diaz led off the inning with a single to center and advanced to second on a failed pickoff move from Braves starter Mike Soroka (2-9). Jeff Hendrix followed with a single of his own, putting runners at the corners for Mandy Alvarez. The RiverDogs newcomer singled to second base, driving in Diaz to take the 1-0 lead. Luis Torrens then grounded out into a double play but scored Hendrix to put Charleston up, 2-0.

Jose Mesa and Andrew Schwaab came in to close out the game for the RiverDogs and combined for five strikeouts. Schwaab earned his 17th save of the season, which is tied for the league best. It was the second shutout in the last three days over Rome, and Charleston’s 12 shutout victories on the year lead the league.

Alvarez, who went 2 for 4, extended his hitting streak to 19 games and has reached base safely in his first 22 games as a pro after beginning the season in Staten Island.

The RiverDogs had the bass pumping on a Thirsty Thursday, which featured $1 draft beers, and teamed up with Strike Out Stroke to raise awareness for the prevention of a stroke.

The RiverDogs will host Lakewood on Friday as Charleston will throw out RHP Luis Cedeno (5-3, 3.74) to square off against RHP Tyler Gilbert (4-7, 3.89) in a 7 p.m. start.

Enjoy another spectacular Home Telecom postgame fireworks show. Join all the fun at the park as your favorite hits from the ‘90s will be played all night. There will be a “bop-it” competition, along with music trivia, a GameBoy raffle and a Blockbuster Video stand. The RiverDogs will once again wear specialty red uniforms to honor our military as part of ISHPI Red Shirt Fridays presented by Mix 96. Fans that wear red to the game get $1 off their ticket purchase at the gate with the option to donate that dollar to the Wounded Warrior Corps. Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary will also be in attendance for HOPE Week, bringing out select dogs that are available for adoption at the game. Added to that, two young inspiring girls Jocelyn and Rachel, who are a part of “LOVE, Not Fear” Relay for Life, will be at the game to help raise awareness.