Arcia’s blast lifts R’Dogs

Francisco Arcia hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning off the left field foul pole to give the Charleston RiverDogs the lead en route to a 7-6 victory in front of 5,253 at Riley Park in South Atlantic League baseball.

The win clinched a series victory for the RiverDogs (28-13).

Rome had taken a 6-5 lead in the seventh on an RBI single by Ryan Query and a two-run homer by William Beckwith. Arcia, who was 2 for 4 with three RBIs, belted his third homer of the season off Ian Marshall (0-1) with two outs to give the lead back to Charleston.

Mariel Checo (4-0) closed out the Braves (9-32) with two scoreless innings.

The RiverDogs scored five runs in the fourth. RBI singles by Reymond Nunez and Arcia tied the game at 3. A fielder’s choice scored Nunez with the go-ahead run, and Arcia came in on an error to make it 5-3.

Rome took a 3-0 lead in the third inning off starter Will Oliver, highlighted by a two-run double by Sergio Miranda and an RBI single by Query.

Goose Creek All-Star Night brought many of the Lowcounty’s young stars out. Two fans put together an outstanding Fatz Dance for your Dinner performance on the dugout. Over 450 participated in the Bubba Gump Run Forrest Run 5K that ended at home plate.

The final game of the five-game series is at 5 p.m. today with left-hander Evan Rutckyj (0-0, 0.00 ERA) pitching for the RiverDogs and right-hander David Filak (2-2, 1.94 ERA) starting for Rome.

Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission and Crews Chevrolet Family Sunday will sponsor Free Parking, and Pepsi is providing Kids Eat Free. Another Sunday means another pregame catch on the field, reading with a RiverDog, and all the RiverDogs will be available for postgame autographs.