Marshall Law Reigns Over Rome, Dogs Blast Braves 11-0
August 20, 2010 6:28 PM
CHARLESTON, SC -- After back-to-back
shutouts, the RiverDogs erupted in front of 4,271 fans on an overcast
Friday evening, walloping Rome, 11-0 in South Atlantic League action at
Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park
With the victory, Charleston improves
to 28-26, 59-64 overall, while Rome sits at 23-31, 53-70 overall. The
RiverDogs posted a 9-3 record against the Braves in 12 meeting at Riley
Park this season, and have won 17 of the last 22 meetings.
Charleston was blanked on just five
combined singles over the last two nights, but finally crunched a
19-inning scoreless steak, when a wild pitch from Rome's Aaron
Northcraft allowed Luke Murton to score for a 1-0 lead.
With Neil Medchill and Kevin Mahoney
in scoring position following another wild pitch, Francisco Santana
blasted his fifth double of the year to right, plating both runners and
boosting the RiverDogs lead to 3-0. Santana moved to third on a
throwing error and ultimately scored on the third wild pitch of the
inning from Northcraft, giving Charleston a 4-0 advantage going into
That was more than enough for Brett
Marshall (3-2), who tossed 6.0 innings of scoreless ball, giving up
just three hits and ringing up five batters. The Highlands, Tex. native
won his first home start since May 23, 2009 and has given up just one
earned run in his last four starts combined, spanning 23.0 total
Not content with a four-run lead, the
RiverDogs kept their foot on the gas in the bottom of the fourth, when
Kelvin Castro blasted a 0-2 pitch from Northcraft deep over the
scoreboard in left field for his second home run of the year, both of
which have come against the Braves. Castro's longball scored Mahoney as
well, boosting the RiverDogs lead to 6-0 going into the fifth.
Aaron Northcraft (0-1) takes the loss
for Rome, after giving up six hits and five earned runs in 3.2 innings
of work in his SAL debut.
The RiverDogs offensive onslaught
continued with another big inning from the Charleston bats, this time a
four-run, four-hit frame in the bottom of the fifth. Rob Lyerly and
Murton opened the inning off with back-to-back singles, with Lyerly
coming home on Mahoney's RBI single, RiverDogs 7-0.
With Mahoney and Murton on base,
Castro walked to load the bases for Heathcott. Rome reliever Tyler
Stovall hit Heathcott with a pitch to bring Murton home, Charleston
8-0. DeAngelo Mack then ripped a two-run single to plate Mahoney and
Castro, giving Charleston a 10-0 lead going into the seventh.
Heathcott added an RBI single to make
the Charleston lead 11-0 going into the eighth inning.
A three-hit performance from
Heathcott paced the RiverDogs attack, while Mack, Murton, Mahoney and
Santana each had a pair of knocks.
The RiverDogs head to the Upstate to
take on their SAL Southern Division rivals the Greenville Drive, the
Single-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, for a four-game set.
Charleston sends right-hander Mike Solbach (3-4, 4.22) to the mound,
while Greenville counters with left-hander Drake Britton (1-1, 2.92).
BALLPARK FUN: It was another
fun-filled Force Protection Red Shirt Friday at Riley Park! Fans got $1
off their tickets at the RiverDogs Box Office if they got in on the
action and wore a red shirt to the game. It was 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 took part in a
number of activities around The Joe. Representatives from Ed Randall's
Bat for the Cure were also on hand to raise awareness for prostate
cancer. Fans even got to record themselves 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, was at The
Joe. After the RiverDog bats provided fireworks on the field, fans
turned their eyes to sky as Piggly Wiggly presented post game fireworks!
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