Heathcott's Shot Turbos Charleston Past Drive in 3-1 12-inning Win
By | August 30, 2010 7:12 PM ET
CHARLESTON, SC --
delivered his first career walkoff home run with two outs in the 12th
inning, as the RiverDogs stretched past the Greenville Drive, 3-1, in
front of 2,213 fans in South Atlantic League action at Joseph P. Riley,
Jr. Park on Monday night.
Charleston breaks a three-game losing
streak in improving to 31-32, 62-70 overall, while Greenville falls to
37-25, 73-59 overall in losing for the fifth straight time at Riley
Park. Fourteen of the 18 games between the two teams this season have
been decided by two runs or less.
Charleston trailed the majority of
the game by a 1-0 score until the bottom of the ninth, when designated
hitter Taylor Grote's big bat announced his return to Riley Park with a
vengeance. The Woodlands, Tex. native blasted his second home run of
the year, first since returning from a three-month stint on DL last
week, deep over the wall in center field on a 1-2 pitch with two outs
from All-Star reliever Dennis Neuman (0-2) to knot the game up at 1-1
and send the game into extra innings.
The 1-1 stalwart lasted until the
bottom of the 12th, when Heathcott sent a 1-0 pitch from reliever
Jordan Flasher over the wall in centerfield, his second home run of the
year, to give Charleston the 3-1 victory. Heathcott's longball brought
Kevin Mahoney home from first, who was hit by a pitch from Neuman
before being lifted for Flasher.
Heathcott's shot gave the RiverDogs
their second walkoff home run of the season and ninth walkoff victory
of the campaign.
Greenville lit the scoreboard first
when Kolbrin Vitek's RBI double to left-centerfield plated Michael
Almanzar from third to give Greenville a 1-0 lead in the top of the
second. Almanzar ripped off his 26th double of the year off
Charleston's Brett Marshall to open the frame and moved to third on a
Marshall settled down after that to
toss 7.0 solid innings while permitting just five hits, with no walks
and six strikeouts. The Texas native has allowed just two runs over his
last 36 innings, and combined with the Charleston bullpen to hum
shutout ball for 10 straight frames.
Ben Watkins worked an uneventful
eighth, while Jairo Heredia fanned two in a scoreless ninth. All-Star
Ryan Flannery (7-6) took over from there to pen 3.0 innings of one-hit
ball with four strikeouts in the victory.
Game two of this four-game series is
set for Tuesday at 7:05 p.m., with Charleston sending left-hander Jose
Quintana (0-1, 2.08) to face off against Greenville right-hander Willie
Kempf (1-2, 3.94).
BALLPARK FUN: It was another 98X Hair
of the Dog Monday at Riley Park as fans enjoyed $1 beers in the Ashley
View Pub all throughout the tough-fought game. It was also another Dogs
with a Cause Night, as the RiverDogs took the field with The Birthday
UP NEXT: Fans can bring their Bi-Lo
Bonus Cards to the RiverDogs Box Office and receive special two-for-one
admission to the game with Bi-Lo's Two for Tuesday. Plus, fans of
NASCAR should get their engines revving because Kyle Petty will and
watch him drive around the field in his brother Adam Petty's stockcar!
Get your pom poms ready for Cheerleading Night at The Joe too!
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