The first-place RiverDogs are now 26-12 and picked up ground in the Southern Division as Savannah lost to Augusta. Rome remained in the division basement, falling to 8-30.
Mitchell's outing was the longest by a RiverDogs' starter this season and he was outstanding. His ten strikeouts were also a season high for a Charleston pitcher. He finished off his outing in style, striking out 5 of the last seven batters he faced. Mitchell didn't walk a single batter and allowed only six hits in improving to 4-2 on the season.
His lineup wasted no time in getting him all the runs he would need. In the first inning, Tyler Austin (1-2, HR, 2 RBI, run) pulverized a pitch from Rome's A.J. Holland (1-7) over the right field wall for a two-run homer. The RiverDogs added to their lead in the second when a Reymond Nunez single scored Angelo Gumbs, who had tripled earlier in the inning.
Mitchell was relieved in the eighth by Joel De La Cruz, but things didn't get any easier for the Braves. De La Cruz pitched the last two innings without allowing a hit and picked up his first save in a RiverDogs uniform.
The first pitch came at 7:38 p.m. due to a rain delay, but for the rest of the night, the action at the park went on uninterrupted.
BALLPARK FUN: Fans at the game were entertained not only by a RiverDogs' victory, but by many different on-field events. Yankees legends Reggie Jackson and Stump Merrill were recognized following the first inning and both received an ovation from the crowd. There was also a tug-of-war match between the Navy and the Air Force that the Navy pulled out in a close contest.
COMING UP: Charleston plays their first double-header of the year on Friday against the Braves. The first game is the resumption of the game on Opening Day that was suspended due to rain. The game is scheduled to resume at 3pm, as RiverDogs' RHP Scottie Allen (1-2, 3.41 ERA) faces Rome RHP Greg Ross (0-2, 9.26 ERA). The second game will start 35 minutes after the conclusion of the first game and will go seven innings, with RHP Wilton Rodriguez ( 1-1, 4.15 ERA) going for Charleston, RHP Ernesto Silva (0-3, 8.23 ERA) pitching for Rome. General Dynamics Red Shirt Friday is giving fans $1 off their tickets and 103.5 WEZL gives fans the chance to donate that money to support a military family in need. The Ashley View Pub will have Aluminum Pints for $3. Piggly Wiggly will let everyone at The Joe start the weekend off right with Piggly Wiggly Postgame Fireworks.