RiverDogs fall to Fireflies

Charleston RiverDogs left-hander Nestor Cortes had not allowed a run in 19 consecutive innings, but the streak came to an end against the Columbia Fireflies on Wednesday night.

The Miami native gave up the tying run in the seventh inning before Columbia completed a 4-1 victory over the RiverDogs in the finale of a three-game tilt at Spirit Communications Park.

RiverDogs right fielder Jhalan Jackson gave the RiverDogs an early advantage in the second when he crushed a one out solo home run off the batter’s eye in center, his sixth of the year.

Cortes faced the minimum through the first six innings and allowed just two hits before Columbia (41-43, 5-9) scored in bottom of the seventh.

With two outs, the Fireflies’ Kevin Kaczmarski walked before Jeff Diehl crushed a double to right-center that tied the game.

Cortes left after finishing out the seventh, allowing just a run on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts. The seven innings matched a career-high.

Columbia took the lead in the eighth inning, jumping on RiverDogs reliever Garrett Mundell (0-2).

The RiverDogs continue their road trip with a four-day weekend series in Asheville. The RiverDogs will send RHP Domingo German (0-1, 5.40) to the mound as Asheville trots out RHP Peter Lambert (3-6, 2.97).

The RiverDogs will return to the The Joe for a weeklong homestand from July 12-18.

Ticket information for the RiverDogs homestand and any of the remaining home games can be secured by contacting the box office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com. Tickets for game two of the SAL Division Series on Friday, September 9 at The Joe are now available. Those that can’t make it to the park can follow every pitch of the RiverDogs season on WTMA 1250 AM and streaming online at riverdogs.com. Listen on WTMA 1250 AM in the tri-county area.