Ten strikeouts and four runs were too much for Charleston to overcome in the third game of its South Atlantic League series with Rome on Monday night. The Braves, aided by strong pitching, inched away inning-by-inning, to top the RiverDogs, 4-3, at Riley Park.
Former Yankees prospect Arodys Vizcaino (9-3) limited Charleston to three hits in five innings, while striking out six. Thomas Berryhill picked up his third save of the season.
In the top of the first, Cory Harrilchak scored from third on a Robert Hefflinger single, giving the Braves (25-33) an early 1-0 lead.
In the top of the third, the Braves made it 2-0 when Mycal Jones drove in Kyle Rose from third.
Rome expanded the lead to 3-0 in the fifth when Harrilchak scored from second on another Hefflinger single.
And in the sixth, the Braves pushed it to 4-0. Harrilchak delivered Christian Bethancourt from third.
Charleston (26-32) started cutting into the lead when Ray Kruml scored from first on a Slade Heathcott triple to right-center field in the seventh.
The RiverDogs followed it up in the bottom of the eighth, closing the deficit to 4-2, when Zoilo Almonte smashed a first-pitch, solo home run over the center-field fence.
The rally continued in the ninth when J.R. Murphy drove in Rob Lyerly. But Jimmy Paredes lined out to right field with the tying run on second.
The South Atlantic League announced its selections for the 51st All-Star game that will be held at Fluor Field in Greenville. Utility player Almonte, first basemen Luke Murton and pitcher Ryan Flannery will represent Charleston in the game, which will be played on June 22.
Almonte, listed on the Southern Division's roster as a utility outfielder, has appeared in 45 games for the RiverDogs this season. The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, native is currently batting .267 with 11 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 15 RBIs and five stolen bases.
Murton will be the starting designated hitter for the Southern Division squad. A 19th-round selection of the New York Yankees in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, Murton has started 54 games for Charleston, with 45 at first base and nine as DH. The former Georgia Tech standout has posted a .297 batting average, with 21 doubles, seven home runs and 32 RBIs.
Charleston ends its series with Rome, before taking a short break and hitting the road. The Dogs start Mike Solbach (0-1) tonight.
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