GREENVILLE — Trailing 2-1 with three outs to go in Sunday night’s series finale, the Charleston RiverDogs mounted a late comeback and beat the Greenville Drive, 3-2, at Fluor Field at the West End.
Alexander Palma and Brandon Thomas started the top of the ninth inning with consecutive walks. Then, Gosuke Katoh laid down a sacrifice bunt, but pitcher Jamie Callahan (0-4) threw away the ball trying to get Katoh out at first. Palma scored, Thomas moved up to third and Katoh advanced to second.
After a Ryan Lindemuth walk chased Callahan from the game, Connor Spencer hit a sacrifice fly against the new pitcher Ryan Harris to score Thomas. With the sac fly, Charleston (23-20) had its first lead of the night, 3-2.
Rony Bautista (2-0) set down the Drive (25-18) in order in the bottom of the ninth. RiverDogs right fielder Palma provided a web gem with a sliding catch in foul territory for the second out of the inning.
Aggressive baserunning plated the first run for the RiverDogs in the sixth inning. With runners on first and third and nobody out, Dustin Fowler took off from first. Greenville catcher Jordan Procyshen threw Fowler out at second base, but Angel Aguilar came home to score on Procyshen’s throw.
With the win, the RiverDogs are now two games behind the Drive in the SAL Southern Division. It was the final meeting between the two teams in the first half of the season.
The RiverDogs return to Riley Park for a three-game series against Rome beginning Monday at 6:35 p.m.
Charleston will send RHP David Palladino (3-2, 2.76 ERA) to the mound against RHP Max Povse (2-1, 4.15) for the Braves.
After the game, there will be a fireworks display over the Ashley River.