Braves Blank RiverDogs for Back-to-Back Shutouts, Win 4-0
August 19, 2010
CHARLESTON, SC -- The Rome pitching
staff tossed its second shutout in as many nights, as the Braves
whitewashed the Charleston RiverDogs, 4-0, in front of 4,884 fans and
service men and women in South Atlantic League action at Joseph P.
Riley, Jr. Park for Military Appreciation Night on Thursday night.
With the victory, Rome wins
consecutive games in improving to 23-30, 53-59. With the loss,
Charleston falls to 27-26, 58-64 overall.
After being on the losing end of
Charleston's second shutout in as many nights on Tuesday evening, the
Braves pitching staff has tossed back-to-back shutouts for the first
time since May 7-8 of 2009.
Charleston is blanked in consecutive
games for the first time since July 1-2 of 2008. The RiverDogs offense
has mustered just five hits in their past two games combined, the
team's lowest hit total over any two games stretch this year.
Rome centerfielder Kyle Rose walked
to open the game. Rose went on to steal second and third before moving
home on a throwing error to give Rome a 1-0 lead.
After Christian Bethancourt popped
out to open the second frame, Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg and Edward
Salcedo ripped back-to-back singles, and Osman Marval walked to load
the bases for Matt Weaver. Weaver's groundout allowed
Spanjer-Furstenburg to cross home plate, boosting the Braves lead to
That was more than enough for Rome
starter Ryan Weber (2-4), who notched his second win in his last three
starts, penning 7.0 innings of scoreless ball, giving up just three
hits while ringing up five batters. Dalton Acord pitched the last
2.0 innings to record his second save, as the last nine Charleston
batters were retired.
Rose added some cushion to the Rome
lead with his single through the hole at short in the top of the ninth
with the bases loaded that plated Salcedo and Marval, pushing the Rome
lead to 4-0 in the final frame.
Jose Quintana (0-1) takes the loss
for Charleston. The Arjona, Colombia native gave up three hits and two
runs, one earned, with two strikeouts, in a total of 3.2 innings of
work in his RiverDogs debut.
The RiverDogs have not scored in the
last 19 innings and have failed to put a runner in scoring position in
Game four of the series is set for
Friday at 7:05 p.m., with Charleston sending right-hander Brett
Marshall (2-2, 3.23) to the mound to face off against Rome
left-hander Chris Master (3-7, 4.22).
BALLPARK FUN: It was the team's
second Military Appreciation Night of the year, presented by Force
Protection, and the brave men and women of our armed forces came out in
full tonight. The game started with a rousing national anthem as
service men and women took the field with the RiverDogs starters.
Soldiers also tossed out ceremonial first pitches and there was even a
fly over prior to the game! Firefly Vodka even got in on the action as
the Firefly Home TEAm Girl Taylor Graves was on hand for Thursday
night's game. Fans also got their weekends off to an early start with
another Budweiser Thirsty Thursday, as they enjoyed $1 beers in the
Ashley View Pub.
UP NEXT: It's another fun-filled
Force Protection Red Shirt Friday at Riley Park! Fans get $1 off
tickets at the RiverDogs Box Office when they wear a red shirt to the
ballpark, they can even be a fan of the men and women of our armed
forces by donating that dollar to families with soldiers fighting
overseas. It's also the club's final Fritos Family Friday, with six
lucky fans getting to take their "Be Your Own Fan!" experience beyond
the bleachers as they take part in a number of activities around The
Joe. Representatives from Ed Randall's Bat for the Cure will also be on
hand to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Show us what you've got as
you get the chance to record yourself singing or performing in the
concourse thanks to Carolina Studios! Also, Mark Bryan, the lead
guitarist from South Carolina's own Hootie and the Blowfish, will be at
the ballpark. The fireworks don't stop after the ninth inning as Piggly
Wiggly brings you post game fireworks!