Charleston's bullpen was lights-out once more on Monday, dealing five scoreless innings, but early mistakes proved costly as the Power were able to defeat the RiverDogs 5-1 in front of a crowd of 2,983 at Riley Park.
Lolo Sanchez had a two-run double in the second inning to highlight a three-run outburst for West Virginia (6-5), which added two more runs in the fourth.
Steven Sensley had a sixth-inning RBI double off Braeden Ogle (1-0) which plated Wilkerman Garcia for the RiverDogs' only run. Third baseman Chris Hess stayed red hot as he reached base twice, improving his average to .342.
Chad Martin and Anderson Severino threw three and two scoreless frames, respectively, for Charleston (5-6). Martin relieved starter Daniel Ramos (1-1) with the bases loaded and nobody out in the fourth, and the righty managed to surrender just one inherited run on a sacrifice fly to go along with a pair of strikeouts. Martin allowed one hit and punched out five West Virginia hitters in his three innings.
Anderson Severino pitched to contact in the final two innings, giving up no runs on two hits, and the lefty reliever rolled a double-play ball in the ninth.
With five scoreless innings, the Charleston bullpen has allowed just two earned runs in 40 innings, good for an 0.44 ERA.
The RiverDogs welcomed their four-legged friends on their first Monday Dog Day of the new season. The night included a canine bat boy, between-inning games that involved furry contestants, and yes, Charlie T. RiverDog was there.
Game 2 of the three-game set will start at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday, as RiverDogs right-hander Garrett Whitlock (0-1, 3.60 ERA) will battle West Virginia righty Sergio Cubilete (0-1, 11.57). The broadcast can be heard on WTMA 1250-AM. The game is available online via streaming audio at riverdogs.com, the RiverDogs TuneIn radio app and on MiLB.tv. It’s the first Live & Local Tuesday of the season, featuring live music, a restaurant pop-up with 2Nixons and celebrity guest PA announcer Christian Senger, AKA “the Holy City Sinner.”