CHARLESTON, SC - In a low scoring pitcher's duel, Dante Bichette, Jr.'s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth proved to be the game winner as the RiverDogs topped Greensboro 2-1 on Friday night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in front of 5,223 fans.
With the win, the RiverDogs improve to 19-12 in the second half and 58-41 overall. Charleston stays in second place just one game behind the Lexington Legends. With the loss, Greensboro drops to 16-17 in the second half and 49-53 overall.
After a quick first inning of play, the RiverDogs bats struck for the first time in the bottom of the second inning. Jake Cave led the inning off with a single and later stole second base with Ericson Lenora at the plate. Leonora ended up striking out bringing up the hometown kid Daniel Aldrich. With Aldrich at the plate, Greensboro starter Scott Lyman delivered a wild pitch advancing Cave to third, which then resulted in an errant throw by catcher Sharif Othmen which winded up in left field allowing Cave to score from third.
Charleston looked to add more in the third inning as Danny Oh led off with a single. After back to back strikeouts, Lyman walked Bichette Jr. and Cave. With the bases loaded Ericson Leonora struckout swinging to end the inning leaving the bags packed.
Greensboro got even in the top of the fourth. Following a groundout, former UNC Tar Heel Colin Moran drew a walk as did Matt Juengel. With runners at first and second, Viosergy Rosa singled to load the bases for Jesus Solarzano. Solarzano hit a deep fly ball to right that was caught by Danny Oh, but it was deep enough to score Moran from third to even the game at one.
The game winning run came around to score in the bottom of the eighth for the RiverDogs. Dante Bichette singled home Cito Culver who walked earlier in the inning to put the 'Dogs ahead for good.
With the single, Bichette finished his night 1-for-3 at the plate with a walk. The single extended his hitting streak to eight games.
RiverDogs starter Vicente Campos went his customary four innings and allowed a run on two hits with a pair of strikeouts and three walks. Campos gave way to Eric Wooten who tossed three hitless, scoreless innings in relief. Ben Paullus (6-2) picked the win tossing two perfect innings to close the game out.
Greensboro starter Scott Lyman went six innings and allowed an unearned run on three hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Chipper Smith (7-2) took the loss as he allowed a run on two hits and walked one in 1.1 innings of work.
BALLPARK FUN: Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Yankees, was in attendance for the second straight night. The fans were also treated to another fabulous Piggly Wiggly Postgame Fireworks show!
COMING UP: Game three of this four game set against Greensboro is Saturday night at 6:05at The Joe. RHP Brett Gerritse (7-5, 4.21 ERA) will be on the mound for Charleston and Greensboro will start RHP Ramon Del Orbe (5-6, 4.95 ERA). Fans can listen to the game live locally on ESPN Radio 910AM or online at www.riverdogs.com.
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