SC – It was a one sided
affair Tuesday afternoon as
the Greenville Drive jumped on the Charleston RiverDogs to the tune of a 9-1 win
at Fluor Field at the West End in South Atlantic League action.
loss, the RiverDogs fall to 3-3 in the second half and overall the ‘Dogs record
sits at 42-32. With the victory, Greenville improves to 3-3 in the second half
and 25-50 overall. The season series between Charleston and Greenville is now
even at ten games apiece.
It was a day
to forget Tuesday for the
RiverDogs. Charleston fell behind early and saw Greenville's lead increase more
and more as the game went on.
Charleston's lone run came in
the third inning, which started on a Jake Cave leadoff single. Cito Culver then
struckout but Cave was able to steal second to move into scoring position. The
hottest hitter in the RiverDogs lineup Greg Bird then stepped to the plate and
singled in Cave for the RiverDogs only tally of the afternoon. Bird has now
driven in ten runs since the All-Star break and finished the afternoon going
1-for-2 with two walks and extended his hitting streak to a season best nine
starter Evan Rutckyj (7-5) took the loss in his worst outing of the season as
the lefty lasted just 3.1 innings and allowed seven runs on 10 hits while
walking five and allowing two homers. Rutckyj was relieved by Zach Arneson who
went 1.2 innings and allowed a run on two hits. Adam Smith would relieve Arneson
to start the sixth and lasted two innings that saw him allow just one hit and he
struckout four. James Pazos relieved Smith to start the bottom of the eighth and
allowed a run on three hits.
for the Greenville Drive, they struck for three runs in the first inning, two
more in the third, two runs in the fourth and another run in the fifth. Seven
members of the Drive all closed out the afternoon with multiple hits with both
Mario Martinez and Kevin Heller recording three hits apiece. Martinez had a
monster day at the plate as he finished just a triple shy of the cycle with four
starter Luis Diaz (2-4) had his best outing of the season as he went six innings
and allowed just one run on five hits while striking out six and walking just
two. Diaz was relieved by Raynel Valette to start the seventh inning. Valette
went two innings, allowed just one hit and struckout two. Valette was relieved
by Manuel Rivera who tossed a spotless ninth to close out the game.