Ross, Rome stymie RiverDogs’ bats

Greg Ross threw eight solid innings and got the win as the Rome Braves (35-66, 17-14) held off the Charleston RiverDogs (56-42, 17-14) for an 8-2 win in South Atlantic League baseball action at Riley Park.

After two scoreless innings, Charleston broke on top in the third with a pair of runs. Kelvin De Leon knocked in one run with single and scored the second run later in the frame.

Rome bounced back in the fourth when Will Skinner drilled a three-run double into right that made the score 3-2.

Both starters settled down after each team scored. Brett Gerritse threw six innings for the RiverDogs and allowed three runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

Ross gave up only two runs on eight hits. He walked only one and struck out six.

In the seventh, William Beckwith provided the Braves with insurance by connecting on a three-run double, stretching the lead to four runs.

Rome added an unearned run in the eighth and Robby Hefflinger blasted a solo homer to left in the ninth to cap off the scoring.

Former College of Charleston pitcher David Peterson closed the game with a scoreless ninth.

Fans tweeted their seats to try and win tickets, and enjoyed the RiverDogs “Tweet a Song Request” promotion to listen to their favorite tunes at the ballpark.

The RiverDogs will start Philip Wetherell (4-3, 6.52 ERA) for today’s 7 p.m. against Rome’s Alex Wood (0-2, 2.25 ERA).