Left fielder Pablo Olivares leaped over the wall, robbing Trevor Craport of a ninth-inning, game-tying home run in the Charleston RiverDogs’ 3-2 victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds in front of 4,172 on a Red Shirt Friday night at Riley Park.
Delmarva’s (29-23) Craport was the first batter right-hander Kyle Zurak faced in his lone scoreless inning that earned him a save. Zurak issued a two-out walk to Max Hogan but struck out catcher Ben Breazeale to strand the runner.
Right-hander Greg Weissert didn’t need any defensive help in his two innings of relief. The Bay Shore, N.Y., native struck out all six hitters he faced in the seventh and eighth innings.
Weissert and Zurak were the relief for Alexander Vargas
(3-1) as the righty went six strong frames, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits and a walk. Vargas has allowed two earned runs in 20 innings at The Joe this year.
Conversely, the Dominican Republic born hurler has allowed 14 combined runs in his two outings away from home. The pair of relievers sunk the RiverDogs’ (25-28) bullpen ERA to a 2.01 mark.
Friday was outfielder Matt McPhearson’s first day back from the disabled list since a nasty April 18 collision in the field. The speedy Baltimore native walked, stole second and scored on an Oswaldo
Cabrera sacrifice fly for the Dogs’ first run in the third. Catcher Jason Lopez plated
Steven Sensley with a bases-loaded infield single in the fourth.
Charleston took the final lead in the sixth on back-to-back triples from Leonardo Molina and Chris Hess. Left fielder Max Hogan missed a diving effort on Hess’ hit that resulted in the second three-bagger. It was the first time this season that the RiverDogs have hit triples in consecutive at-bats.
It was another Red Shirt Friday down at The Joe. Fans who wear red in honor of the military saved a buck at the box office. The Dogs also launched postgame fireworks set to the songs of summer.
The second game of the three-game weekend series is set for 6:05 p.m. on Saturday. Charleston will hand the ball to Rony Garcia (2-2, 3.80 ERA) as the right-hander will go for the
series win against righty Brenan Hanifee (4-1, 2.55).