Charleston Sweeps Rome with 6-3 Win
CHARLESTON, SC - Third baseman Corban Joseph drove home two runs and played stellar defense to lead the Charleston RiverDogs to a 6-3 victory over the Rome Braves in South Atlantic League action Monday night in front of 2,136 fans at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
Joseph's defensive wizardry was showcased as he had several diving plays to go along with five assists and two putouts.
With the victory, the RiverDogs collect their second sweep of the season and sixth consecutive victory at The Joe and remain in first place in the Southern Division with a 34-23 record while the Braves lose their third straight and fall to 31-26.
Rome seized a 2-0 lead in the top of the third when Braeden Schlehuber lifted a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to center and Shayne Moody lined a RBI single to left.
The RiverDogs attained a 3-2 advantage in the third when Mitch Abeita lined a double to center and scored on Mike Lyon's single up the middle. Jose Pirela reached on a fielder's choice as Lyon was eliminated at third, Dan Brewer added a single and David Adams reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases. Joseph proceeded to line a two-run single over the shortstop's head.
Charleston tacked an additional run to make the score 4-2 in the fifth when Adams smacked a double to center and scored when Rome center fielder Chris Shehan threw wildly to third on Melky Mesa's flyout.
The Braves pulled within a run at 4-3 when Schlehuber slammed a 3-2 pitch from reliever Brad Rulon over the left field fence for a solo shot for his third of the season and second RBI of the game.
The RiverDogs tacked an additional run in the seventh when Mesa drew a walk, stole second and scored on Ray Kruml's single to left and handed Charleston a two-run lead at 5-3. The hosts posted its sixth run in the eighth on Brewer's sacrifice fly.
Rome starter J.J. Hoover (2-2) suffered the defeat when he allowed four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Charleston starter Brett Marshall earned a no decision after he was charged with two earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two in 3.1 innings of work. Reliever Dan Kapala collected the win to improve his record to a perfect 3-0 as he went 2.1 innings and allowed three hits while fanning one.
Switch-pitcher closer Pat Venditte, who earlier in the day was named to the Southern Division's All-Star team, picked up his league-leading 19th save as he pitched 1.2 stanzas and allowed one hit while facing seven batters, all right-handed.
The RiverDogs recorded 10 hits on the night as Adams, Kruml and Lyon each had a pair while Rome, which had 11 hits, was led offensively by Jahdiel Santamaria, Jesus Sucre, Gerry Rodriguez and Moody who each posted a pair of knocks. The Braves stranded 12 runners on the bases.
The RiverDogs start the second half of their six-game homestand as the Augusta GreenJackets, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, return to the Lowcountry for a three-game set. With the opener set for Tuesday at 7:05 p.m., Charleston turns to righty Hector Noesi (2-2, 2.42 ERA) while Augusta opposes with righty Mike Loree (2-4, 4.50 ERA).
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