Sean Black fanned a career-high nine batters, and the Charleston pitching staff posted its second straight shutout, as the RiverDogs humbled the Rome Braves, 4-0, in front of 2,348 fans at Riley Park on Tuesday night.
With the victory, Charleston extends its winning streak to five games, improving to 27-24, 58-62 overall. With the loss, Rome's losing skid extends to eight for the first time since April, dropping to 21-30, 51-69 overall.
Black (7-8) tossed 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, giving up eight hits. The former Seton Hall Pirate has won three of his last four starts and three straight home starts.
Kelvin Perez sank four batters over 2 1/3 scoreless innings, while Manny Barreda hummed a 1-2-3 ninth to finish the whitewashing.
Rome had countless opportunities against the right-hander, putting men in scoring position in every inning and collecting consecutive singles in three straight innings between the third and fifth frames. However, the Braves went a combined 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
DeAngelo Mack and Emerson Landoni had two hits apiece for the RiverDogs, who have now scored 52 runs on 71 hits in the last six games.
Game two of the four-game series is set for today at 7:05 p.m.
E--Lopez, Spanjer-Furstenburg, Hale. DP--Rome 1, Charleston 1. LOB--Rome 10, Charleston 5. 2B--Murton, Mahoney, Heathcott. CS--Bethancourt, Heathcott.
BK--Lopez, Black. Time--2:40. Att: 2,348.
Load your plate while we load the bases with another Wild Wednesday featuring $10 All-You-Can-Eat tickets, with hamburgers and hot dogs in the Ashley View Pub. What could make Wednesdays even wilder at The Joe?! How about famous comedian Gallagher? The stand-up legend will be appearing at tonight's game, tossing out the first pitch and leading the crowd in a roaring rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Plus, join the RiverDogs and Close the Gap as the organization distributes information on cardiovascular health affecting most of the population in the country.