CHARLESTON, S.C. - The RiverDogs' bullpen was lights out once more on Monday, dealing five scoreless innings, but early mistakes proved costly as the Power were able to best the Holy City, 5-1, in front of a crowd of 2,983 at Riley Park.
Chad Martin and Anderson Severino threw three and two scoreless frames, respectively. Martin relieved starter Daniel Ramos (1-1) with the bases loaded and nobody out in the fourth, and the RiverDog (5-6) righty managed to surrender just one inherited run on a sacrifice fly to go along with a pair of strikeouts. Martin allowed one hit and punched out five West Virginia (6-5) hitters in his three innings.
Anderson Severino pitched to contact in the final two innings, giving up no runs on two hits, and the lefty reliever rolled a double-play ball in the ninth.
With five scoreless innings on Saturday, the Charleston bullpen has allowed merely two earned runs in 40 innings, good for an 0.44 ERA.
The pitching staff got help from its defense in the later innings, including a slick sliding stop from Oswaldo Cabrera to eliminate a lead runner, and an outfield assist from center fielder Leonardo Molina, cutting down Oneil Cruz at home plate to end the fifth.
At the dish, Steven Sensley provided another extra base hit with a sixth-inning RBI double off Braeden Ogle (1-0) which plated Wilkerman Garcia. Third baseman Chris Hess stayed red hot as he reached base twice, improving his average to .342.
The Charleston RiverDogs welcomed their four-legged friends on their first Monday Dog Day of the new season. The night included a canine bat boy, between-inning games that involved furry contestants, and yes, Charlie T. RiverDog was there.
Game two of the three-game set between the Dogs and Power will start at 7:05 on Tuesday, as RiverDogs right-hander Garrett Whitlock (0-1, 3.60) will battle West Virginia righty Sergio Cubilete (0-1, 11.57). The broadcast can be heard on WTMA 1250AM in the tri-county area. The game is available online via streaming audio at riverdogs.com, the RiverDogs TuneIn radio app, and on MiLB.tv. It's the first Live & Local Tuesday of the season, featuring live music, a restaurant pop-up with 2Nixons, and celebrity guest PA announcer Christian Senger, AKA "the Holy City Sinner."
RiverDogs single-game tickets, including options to the Riley Park Club, are now available for the 2018 campaign, the club's 25th season as the RiverDogs and their "175th season in dog years." Ticket information can be secured by contacting the box office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com/tickets.
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