RiverDogs rebound, shut out Crawdads

Left-hander Jordan Montgomery fired six scoreless innings and the Charleston RiverDogs recovered from Saturday’s loss to shut out the Hickory Crawdads, 3-0, in front of 4,220 Sunday night at Riley Park.

The RiverDogs (15-9) have now tossed a league-high four shutouts in 2015.

Charleston got on the board early against Hickory starting pitcher Collin Wiles. The RiverDogs loaded the bases before Connor Spencer walked to drive in Ty McFarland. The run was all the RiverDogs would need, as Montgomery went six innings and held Hickory (16-7) scoreless on just four hits.

Charleston added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth. Devyn Bolasky hit a double with one out in the fifth, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a base hit by Jorge Mateo. The RiverDogs loaded the bases again in the sixth and scored on another RBI walk. Brandon Thomas drew the walk and picked up the RBI as Angel Aguilar came home to score.

Sean Carley and Joe Harvey slammed the door on the Crawdads in relief of Montgomery to preserve the shutout. Hickory left runners in scoring position in each of the last five innings and left 11 men on base for the second night in a row.

Montgomery (3-2), a former South Carolina standout, snapped his two-game losing streak and picked up his third win of the season. Harvey earned his fifth save in five chances with 11/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Wiles (3-1) took his first loss of the season after three starts without allowing a run to begin the year.

Sunday evening at The Joe was the first Dog Day, as many friendly pups roamed and barked around the ballpark. Many of the kids in attendance invaded Shoeless Joe’s Hill and wore their face paint proudly. Sunday was Jewish Heritage Day at The Joe. Ellen Miriam Brandwein sang a beautiful rendition of the Israeli National Anthem, there was Jewish trivia with a local Rabbi after the fourth inning and Charlie T. RiverDog was the elevated participant in a between-innings chair dance.

The RiverDogs conclude their series with the Crawdads on Monday at 7 p.m. Charleston will send RHP David Palladino (0-1, 5.06 ERA) to the mound against RHP Kelvin Vasquez (0-1, 2.84). You can watch the game on milb.tv or listen on WTMA 1250-AM, wtma.com, and riverdogs.com.

Every Monday at home is Monday Night Baseball with $1 hot dogs and $1 draft beers in the Ashley View Pub. Monday is also Nurses Night and Parks & Recreation Night at The Joe. Monday night is also Dogs with a Cause Night, sponsored by TriCounty Family Ministries.