RiverDogs Reach New Heights, Setting Franchise Season Strikeout

Charleston RiverDogs

September 4, 2017 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Charleston RiverDogs

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RiverDogs Reach New Heights, Setting Franchise Season Strikeout Record in Loss to Augusta

Charleston pitching records six strikeouts to set new single season record of 1252 in 7-1 loss to Augusta

AUGUSTA, GA- Charleston's pitching staff fanned six batters to set the new franchise record of 1,252 strikeouts, surpassing the benchmark set in 2016 as the playoff-bound RiverDogs fell to the GreenJackets 8-2 in the regular season finale on Monday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

Right fielder Isiah Gilliam clubbed his team leading 15th homer of the season to get the RiverDogs (76-63, 42-27) on the board in the fifth inning, cutting the GreenJacket (55-80, 32-38) lead to 5-1. Catcher Ryan Lidge went 3-for-3 with three singles and a walk as he finished the regular season hitting .383 (18-for-47) in 16 games with the RiverDogs.

Charleston's starter Nick Green (8-9) took the loss for Charleston, yielding the lead in the second inning. First baseman Jose Vizcaino, left fielder Jacob Heyward and third baseman Michael Bernal all hit singles to start the frame and open the scoring. Center fielder Ashford Fulmer grounded into a fielder's choice to make it 2-0.

The GreenJackets plated three more in the fifth from a two-run homer by catcher Skyler Ewing and an RBI single from third baseman Michael Bernal, making it 5-0.

Augusta added their final tallies in the sixth and eighth innings. Three doubles were hit in the sixth by Fulmer, right fielder Sandro Fabian and Ewing, plating two more runs to make it a 7-1 lead. Fabian and Vizcaino combined for more insurance in the eighth as Fabian scored from an RBI single by Vizcaino for the GreenJackets eighth run of the game. Both Fabian and Vizcaino combined for seven of Augusta's 14 hits, going 7-10 from the plate with two RBI and four runs-scored.

Third baseman Dermis Garcia brought in one more for the RiverDogs in the eighth with an RBI single that platted Gilliam from second, capping off the RiverDogs scoring.

Christian Morris came in for relief and allowed one run on two hits through 1 1/3 innings of work with two strikeouts to add to the record-setting total.

D.J. Myers (3-8) received his third win of the season, going six innings while allowing just one run on four hits with four punch outs.

Upcoming

With the regular season wrapped up, the RiverDogs have advanced to the playoffs and will face the Greenville Drive starting a three-game series on Wednesday September 6 at 7:05 . Toeing the rubber for Charleston in game one is their ace, Freicer Perez (10-3, 2.84). Greenville will have southpaw Darwinzon Hernandez (4-5, 4.01) take the hill for the Drive. The game can be tuned into on "The Big Talker" WTMA 1250 AM and online with streaming audio via riverdogs.com and the RiverDogs' TuneIn Radio app station.

RiverDogs tickets, including options for the all-new Riley Park Club and advance tickets to all potential RiverDogs home playoff dates, are now available and can be secured by contacting the box office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at riverdogs.com/tickets. Those that can't make it to the park can follow every pitch of the RiverDogs season on WTMA 1250 AM in the tri-county area or by streaming online at riverdogs.com and the TuneIn Radio App by searching "RiverDogs." All 70 RiverDogs home games are available with online streaming video at MiLB.tv.

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