RiverDogs held to just 1 hit in exhibition opener

Benefitfocus co-founder and CEO Shawn Jenkins takes a swing during the first inning of the Charleston RiverDogs’ “Battle of the Beaches” exhibition game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Wednesday night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. The RiverDogs hosted the game on opening night-eve to raise money for the construction of the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital. Jenkins and his family made a $25 million gift in May 2015 to help build the new facility, set to open in downtown Charleston in 2019. (Photo by Vin Duffy)

The Charleston RiverDogs offense was held to juust one hit as Charleston fell 2-0 to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the inaugural “Battle of the Beaches” exhibition opener on Wednesday evening at Riley Park.

RiverDogs hitters struck out 15 times by a dominant duo of Pelican pitchers. Cubs prospect Jake Stinnett logged four perfect innings and struck out six to pick up the win. Tommy Thorpe closed out the ballgame with five strong innings, allowing just one hit with a pair of walks and nine strikeouts.

Clemson grad Brody Koerner notched four innings of three hit ball while adding a pair of strikeouts with just one walk but picked up the loss for the RiverDogs. The right hander allowed his lone run on a single by Jeffrey Baez in the second.

The RiverDogs’s lone hit was a Thairo Estrada two-out double in eighth to end the no-hit bid.

While the RiverDogs couldn’t come up with a “W,” it was still a great night out at the ballpark with over $10,000 raised to benefit the Shawn Jenkins MUSC Children’s Hospital.

The RiverDogs officially begin their season Thursday night when they host the Columbia Fireflies.