The hottest bat in the South Atlantic League is coming home to Charleston, hoping to give RiverDogs' fans the same show he provided on the road.
While trying to extend the hot streak, Charleston outfielder Pablo Olivares and his teammates will use the three-game series to see how they match up against the Rome Braves, Atlanta’s low-level Class A affiliate.
It’ll be the minor league version of Braves vs. Yankees when the two teams open the series Wednesday at Riley Park. Here’s a few things to keep in mind ahead of the 7:05 p.m. start time.
Olivares drove in 11 runs in four games
Since returning from a 10-day spell on the Disabled List, Olivares has been on a tear.
The 20-year-old from Venezuela batted .450 through four games since his return. In that span, he smashed three home runs and netted 11 RBIs, catapulting him past more than 75 names on the list of league leaders.
Olivares’ production earned him South Atlantic League Player of the Week.
“He’s a team leader and he motivates everybody,” said Julio Mosquera, the manager of the RiverDogs. “He’s taking every at-bat with intention and he’s going out and competing.”
RiverDogs’ legend Ben Jones is coming to town
The RiverDogs have a round of promotions scheduled at The Joe, beginning with Way Back Wednesday. Circling back to a simpler, more affordable time, prices will be rolled back to $4 for general admission.
Wednesday will also feature an appearance from Ben Jones. Arguably the greatest player in RiverDogs’ history, Jones holds the team record with 45 home runs and 165 RBIs. That production is spread across the 2005 and 2006 seasons with Charleston.
Moving on to Thursday, the first 500 fans through the turnstiles will receive a Sunbelt stress ball. And of course, $1 beers are still a thing on Thirsty Thursday.
Finally, Friday’s postgame fireworks show will cap off the short homestand.
How does Charleston measure up?
Rome secured its playoff slot in the first half of the season by posting the best record in the SAL's Southern Division. Now, the RiverDogs will try to do the same in the second half so they can meet Rome in the first round of the postseason.
The second half of the season just started, but a good early series against the best team in the league could set up Charleston to clinch its third consecutive postseason berth.
Last but not least
The RiverDogs will honor The Post and Courier’s All-Lowcountry high school baseball and softball teams on Wednesday prior to the game. All players named to the first team, along with the baseball and softball coaches of the year, will be recognized on the field and receive plaques.
All honorees will receive one complimentary ticket to the game and are asked to arrive at the ballpark by 6:15 p.m. For more information, call the RiverDogs’ front office at (843) 723-7241.