R’Dogs salvage DH split

Francisco Arcia had four hits, including three doubles, to lead the Charleston RiverDogs to a 10-5 victory over the Rome Braves to earn a split of a doubleheader in South Atlantic League action on Friday night at Riley Park.

A Fernando De Los Santos homer in the 10th inning gave Rome a 3-2 win in the first game of the twinbill.

Ryan Weber (1-0) pitched four scoreless innings in relief for Rome (9-30) in the opener and closed out the game for the win.

The teams started the day by resuming the game that was suspended by rain on April 5. With Mason Williams on third, Cito Culver hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score 1-1 on the first pitch of the day. The teams then traded runs on RBI singles.

After the early scoring, both pitchers shut down the opposing offenses. Scottie Allen, whose outing started in the second inning due to the suspension, pitched seven innings and allowed just one run with six strikeouts. Rome’s Ernesto Silva kept the Charleston offense at bay with a fine outing of his own, giving up just one run through six innings.

In game two, the RiverDogs scored eight runs between the fourth and sixth innings to blow open the game. With two men on in the fourth inning, a throwing error following an infield single by Culver brought in two runs and Ben Gamel followed with a base hit to make the score 5-2.

Charleston scored twice more in the fifth on hits by Arcia and Angelo Gumbs, and added three more runs the sixth, two of them scoring on Arcia’s third double of the night.

Baseball fans can support the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Jesse by attendingthe RiverDogs game on Sunday at 5 p.m.. Tickets can bepurchased from Citadel Rotaract Club members for $10. The club is raisingfunds to help make Jesse’s dream of visiting Yellowstone National Park cometrue. Jesse, 11, lives in North Charleston and is battling leukemia. Contactthe Citadel Rotaract Club at citadel.rotaract@gmail.com.

The fourth game of the series is tonight with Charleston’s RHP Will Oliver (1-2, 3.14 ERA) scheduled to face RHP Rafael Briceno (2-4, 5.97 ERA). The Bubba Gump Run Forest Run 5K will begin at the ballpark at 5 p.m. and end at home plate. Tri-county residents will save $1 off tickets at the stadium box office on Lowcountry Local First Saturday. The first 1,000 fans in the ballpark will receive free RiverDogs tube socks. After the game, kids can run the bases.