The Charleston RiverDogs got two solid outings from their starters, but sub-par offensive performances threw them to waste as the RiverDogs managed just seven hits across 15 innings and were swept by the Lakewood BlueClaws in Monday’s doubleheader in front of 4,048 at Riley Park. The BlueClaws took the final three games of the series with 3-1 and 2-0 victories over the RiverDogs.
Domingo German was in top form in the opener, tossing six innings of two-hit ball. The Dominican righty allowed just one unearned run while punching out four Lakewood batters with no walks in a no-decision effort in his fifth start as a RiverDog.
Nestor Cortes (6-2) tossed five innings, allowing just one run, in the second game. The Hialeah, Fla., product gave up just four hits, with the biggest being a two-out mistake to Wilson Garcia in the fourth inning.
It was just the second run allowed in the last 382/3 innings with the RiverDogs (53-40, 11-13) for Cortes, who struck out four without walking a batter while raising his ERA to 0.79.
The RiverDogs gave away three big outs on the base paths, and failed to capitalize on opportunities to break open a 1-1 game as the BlueClaws took a victory in the extra 8th inning in Game 1.
Charleston scored its run in the fourth when Jhalan Jackson smashed a shot down the left-field line for a leadoff triple before scoring on a sacrifice fly hit by Alex Palma to left.
In the fifth, Charleston center fielder Ricardo Ferreira reached on a strikeout and a wild pitch, but was caught flat-footed on a pick-off move by Lakewood reliever Jeff Singer (2-1) to erase the leadoff baserunner.
In the sixth, Mandy Alvarez singled to begin the frame, but was caught stealing on a pick- off throw by Singer once again. Jackson followed with a walk before being erased by another pick-off throw.
In the second game, the RiverDogs managed just two hits, both infield singles, and were shut down by Lakewood starter Seranthony Dominguez (2-1).
The RiverDogs welcomed fans and man’s best friend as part of a Monday Dog Day doubleheader at The Joe. Fans enjoyed dollar beers and hot dogs as there were plenty of water bowls, pools, and dog- friendly, between-inning games to beat the heat during the dog days of summer.
The RiverDogs begin a weeklong road trip, first against the West Virgina Power on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. at Appalachian Power Park. The RiverDogs will send RHP Christian Morris (6-2, 2.36 ERA) against RHP Mitch Keller (6-5, 2.64) in a 7 p.m. start.
After four in Charleston North, the RiverDogs face the Hagerstown Suns in a three-game series before returning to The Joe for a four-game homestand from July 28-31.