With the Charleston RiverDogs’ pitching staff depleted by call-ups, manager Luis Dorante will need other arms to step up and take on more prominent roles with the club. Luis Cedeno did that, and then some, taking a perfect game bid into the seventh inning and finishing with seven brilliant innings of one-hit, shutout ball as the RiverDogs squeaked out a 1-0 victory over the Lexington Legends in front of 4,872 on Thursday night to open the homestand at Riley Park.
Cedeno’s perfect game came to an end in the seventh after a leadoff walk to Legends second baseman D.J. Burt, and the inning would unravel before the Venezuelan righty answered to maintain the lead.
Left fielder Roman Collins’ ground ball broke through for a base hit to right to end the no-hitter and Cedeno (6-5) walked the third batter he faced, Michael Hill, to load the bases with nobody out. Cedeno coaxed a flyout to shallow left by Legends catcher Chase Vallott before Brandon Dulin hit a chopper to first that was grabbed by RiverDogs first baseman Chris Gittens, who threw home to get the forceout. Amalani Fukofuka grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the threat.
The RiverDogs gave Cedeno much-needed run support in the sixth to break the scoreless tie. Ricardo Ferreira beat out his second infield single of the game to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a balk. After advancing to third on a groundout by Hoy Jun Park, Ferreira broke immediately for home on a ball in the dirt, scoring on the wild pitch by reliever Sam Lewis (0-1) to make it 1-0.
Eddie Rivera logged two scoreless innings for the RiverDogs to slam the door out of the pen. The Dominican righty didn’t give up a hit and picked up his first save in his second appearance with the club. Rivera has not allowed a run in 16.2 innings combined between Short Season Staten Island and Charleston this season.
The RiverDogs collected just five hits — all singles — and are now 25-1 when leading after eight innings at The Joe this season.
The RiverDogs hosted Pokemon Go Night at The Joe, giving away specialty T-shirts to all of the trainers at the ballpark trying to “catch ’em all.” It was also a Budweiser Thirsty Thursday, featuring the scintillating tunes of DJ Natty Heavy and dollar drafts all night at the Ashley View Pub.
The four-game series continues Friday. The RiverDogs will send RHP Anyelo Gomez (2-1, 3.96 ERA) as the Legends counter with RHP Glenn Sparkman (1-3, 7.20). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
Join all the Parrot heads at The Joe as the RiverDogs host a Home Telecom Fireworks show to the music of Jimmy Buffett on an ISHPI Red Shirt Friday. All fans that wear red save a buck at the gate with the option to donate that dollar to the Wounded Warrior Corps in support of our veterans.