Charleston RiverDogs roll past Hickory Crawdads
The Charleston RiverDogs hit a combined seven extra base hits against Crawdad pitching including two triples from Blake Rutherford as Charleston toped Hickory 11-2 in Hickory, N.C.
Charleston’s (16-17) offense got to work right away in the first. Estevan Florial led off the game with a double to center. Second baseman Hoy Jun Park reach on a walk, then left fielder Blake Rutherford hit his first triple of the game to center, scoring Florial and Park.
The RiverDogs broke things wide open in the third. Park reached on a fielder’s choice and Rutherford collected his third RBI of the night, scoring Park with his second triple to deep center. With two outs in the inning, Carlos Vidal singled to right, scoring Rutherford making it 4-0. Right fielder Isiah Gilliam walked to put runners on first and second. First baseman Brandon Wagner singled to right scoring Vidal from second and moving Gilliam to third. Gilliam scored Charleston’s fourth run of the inning on a wild throw to second that sailed into center field from catcher Alex Kowalczyk, making it 6-0.
Charleston tacked more on in the fifth. Gilliam doubled to left and Wagner followed with a single. With two outs Florial hit a three-run blast, his fourth of the year, to left making it 9-0.
Hickory (12-20) got on the board in the sixth. Left fielder Miguel Aparicio led off the inning with a double then back to back ground outs scored Aparicio making it 9-1.
The Crawdads got one more in the seventh. Shortstop Yeyson Yrizarri doubled to left field with two outs and second baseman Anderson Tejeda singled to score Yrizarri.
The RiverDogs still weren’t done as they added in the ninth. Rutherford continued to have a day leading off the inning with a single. Catcher Donny Sands doubled to the corner in left scoring Rutherford. Gilliam hit his second double of the game to the corner in right scoring Sands making it 11-2.
Jio Orozco (1-2, 6.08) collected his first win and had his best start of the season going five innings allowing just two hits and striking out three. Kyle Cody (0-4, 4.28) took the loss going 22/3 innings allowing five hits and six runs.
The RiverDogs will send to the hill right hander Nick Nelson (0-2, 7.16) and the Crawdads will counter with righty Michael Matuella (0-1, 5.79) for Thursday’s 7 p.m. game.