RiverDogs drop fifth straight

Players, coaches and managers of the Charleston RiverDogs (left) and the Greenville Drive, as well as the two umpires, stand shoeless in a pregame ceremony to honor Greenville native Shoeless Joe Jackson and University of South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley's INNERSOLE non-profit organization Saturday night at Joe Riley Park. (RiverDogs photo by Haley Kirchner)

The Charleston RiverDogs were held to just one run for the second game in a row and lost to the Greenville Drive, 3-1, Saturday night on “Shoes for Joe” night, in front of a crowd of 5,741 fans at Joe Riley Park.

The RiverDogs’ only run came in the eighth inning. Renzo Martini led off the frame with a single and scored three batters later on an RBI groundout by Jorge Mateo. Charleston (19-16) trailed 2-1 at the time and left the tying run on third base. Dustin Fowler flew out to center to end the inning.

Greenville (20-15) added an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Ben Moore led off the inning with a double to right and then came home on an RBI single by Rafael Devers, the next batter.

The Drive scored their first two runs in the fourth inning. Devers hit an RBI double with two outs and then came home to score. Jorge Mateo committed a throwing error after fielding a ground ball hit by Carlos Mesa that allowed the second Greenville run.

Luis Cedeno (3-2) took the loss despite only giving up one earned run in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Denny Bautista (1-0) earned the win in his first appearance with Greenville. Carlos Pinales pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his first save of the season.

The loss extends Charleston’s losing streak to a season-high five games. Greenville now has sole possession of first place in the SAL Southern Division and the RiverDogs trail them by one game.

“Shoes for Joe” Night was a huge success for the RiverDogs, INNERSOLE and Soles4Souls as more than 100 pairs of shoes were donated by fans.

Eric Ashton and Virginia Wininger were the fastest runners in the male and female divisions of the Run, Forrest, Run 5K. Proceeds of the race will benefit the MUSC Storm Eye Institute. Additionally, the two teams took part in a ceremony for Shoeless Joe Jackson, in which they took the field and posed for a group picture with no shoes on. Fans from Goose Creek helped sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

The RiverDogs conclude their four-game home series against Greenville with a 5:05 p.m. start Sunday. Charleston will send RHP Joey Maher (1-2, 5.13 ERA) to the mound against RHP Michael Kopech (1-2, 3.86 ERA) for the Drive.