Difo's blast in 9th sinks RiverDogs

On a night when the Charleston RiverDogs wore throwback Rainbows uniforms and general manager Dave Echols received an in-game prostate exam, the Hagerstown Suns earned a 1-0 victory on a ninth-inning home run by Wilmer Difo on Saturday night in front of 4,071 fans at Riley Park in South Atlantic League baseball.

The RiverDogs fell to 21-20 in the second half and 54-57 overall.

Charleston left-handed pitcher Ian Clarkin and Hagerstown right-handed pitcher Reynaldo Lopez each pitched five scoreless innings to open the contest. Clarkin stranded four base-runners, including three in scoring position, while throwing 58 pitches in five innings. Lopez allowed no runs or walks and also retired the final six batters he faced.

The starters were followed by three scoreless innings apiece from RiverDogs right-hander Giovanny Gallegos and Suns southpaw Joseph Webb. Gallegos struck out four and gave up just two hits in a shutout effort. Webb faced the minimum in his three innings, surrendering one hit and one walk but picking off both runners before they were caught stealing second base.

In the top of the ninth, Difo deposited a 2-0 pitch over the right-field wall for a leadoff homer against right-handed reliever Stefan Lopez.

Charleston's throwback uniforms were a big part of Rainbows Day. The Rainbows were the team name from 1985-1993, and in-game music was used from that time period.

Echols received a prostate exam while he sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in support of prostate cancer awareness and Fallon Emery, a 9-year-old from Carolina Forest who is battling brain cancer. Dr. Ian Marshall from Lowcountry Urology Clinics performed the procedure and gave Echols a clean bill of health.

The series concludes Sunday with a 5:05 p.m. start. RiverDogs RHP Rookie Davis (5-8, 4.69 ERA) is scheduled to face Suns RHP Nick Pivetta (12-6, 3.98 ERA). There will be free admission for Charlie's Kids Club members, Kids Eat Free from Pepsi and free parking.

Sunday also includes a Holiday Celebration, including special promotions honoring different holidays as well as an appearance from Santa Claus and the Salvation Army.