SALISBURY, MD. — The Charleston RiverDogs allowed two unearned runs, including the game-winner, in a 2-1 loss to the Delmarva Shorebirds on Saturday night that snapped their six-game winning streak.
With the score still tied at 1 heading into the bottom of the 10th, RiverDogs hurler Jose Mesa Jr. stepped onto the mound for his third inning of work and struck out Alejandro Juvier and highly touted Orioles prospect D.J. Stewart to start the frame. On the next at-bat, Yermin Mercedes hit a ground ball to third that was cleanly fielded by Angel Aguilar, who made a sure-handed throw to Chris Gittens at first. On a bang-bang play, Mercedes hustled into first and knocked into the glove of Gittens, who had to reach out toward the baserunner to secure the catch for the third out and the ball was dislodged, leading to an error being charged to the RiverDogs first baseman on a missed catch.
The mistake would prove costly, as Shorebirds designated hitter Natanael Delgado singled to right to put runners at first and second, followed by an RBI single up the middle by Gerrion Grim that lifted the Shorebirds over Charleston in walk-off fashion.
The two hits from Delmarva off of Mesa in the 10th inning were just the eighth and ninth base hits combined from both sides in a ballgame that saw RiverDogs hitters strike out a season-high 18 times.
The RiverDogs jumped out to an early lead when Chris Gittens led off the second with a walk and came around to score on a one-out triple by Kendall Coleman, who laced a fly ball to the warning track in right-center to make it 1-0 Charleston.
In the home half of the frame, Delmarva would take advantage of the first RiverDogs error of the night to tie up the game. Shorebirds centerfielder Adamar Rifaela shot a base hit through the right side that scored Delgado, who had previously reached on a fielding error by Charleston second baseman Hoy Jun Park.
Travis Hissong highlighted the RiverDogs staff’s efforts in the pitcher’s duel, logging 32/3 innings of scoreless relief while yielding two hits with no walks and a pair of strikeouts. After giving up a single to the first batter he faced in the fourth, the righty out of Kent State retired the next 10 Shorebirds batters in a row before giving up his second base hit with two outs in the seventh.
Christian Morris looked solid in his RiverDogs debut, allowing one unearned run on two hits in 31/3 innings.
Charleston continues their four-game series with the Shorebirds on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. The RiverDogs will send RHP Cody Carroll (0-1, 2.76 ERA) while the Shorebirds will counter with LHP Brian Gonzalez (2-0, 3.48). Fans can tune in on WTMA 1250-AM ias well as online at riverdogs.com.