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RiverDogs left Kinston for the second night in a row

    Charleston RiverDogs

June 13, 2024 – Carolina League (CarL)
Charleston RiverDogs News Release

Charleston RiverDogs on game night
Charleston RiverDogs on game night
(Charleston River Dogs)

Kinston, NC – The Charleston RiverDogs suffered a final at-bat loss for the second night in a row against the Down East Wood Ducks at Grainger Stadium on Thursday. The RiverDogs briefly took the lead in the top of the ninth, but saw Chandler Pollard win the game with an RBI single in the bottom half. The 6-5 loss was the sixth in a row for the RiverDogs.

Entering the ninth inning, the RiverDogs (24-35) trailed 4-3 when left Bryan Magdaleno took over on the mound for Down East. Enzo Paulino reached on an infield single, which presented a threat, and raced all the way to third base on a bloop double to shallow right field by Enderson Delgado. Carlos Colmenarez worked the count to 3-0 in the next at bat before driving a go-ahead two-run double over Tommy Specht’s head in left field.

After working a scoreless eighth inning, Cesar De Jesus came back out and tried to close the game in the ninth. He struck out the first batter he faced, before walking the next two and departing in favor of Will Stevens. Stevens also struck out the first batter he faced, giving the Wood Ducks their final out. However, Specht played here for the second night in a row and tied the game with a single to leftfield. Pollard did the same and the Wood Ducks poured onto the field to celebrate for the second night in a row.

Down East (33-26) had one goal the first time, but fell to Drew Dowd the second time. Echedry Vargas, the leadoff hitter, hit a solo home run with one out in the third inning to put the first run on the board. Three consecutive singles followed, with the last from Arturo Disla doubling the lead.

The same part of the order was cashed in again in the bottom of the fifth. Vargas led off that inning by hitting an infield single and advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Disla singled again and Vargas raced home when Woo Shin bobbled the ball into left field on an error.

The RiverDogs (24-35) struggled against Down East starter Kohl Drake during his 5.0 innings. The left-hander struckout ten batters, tying his season high. When the Wood Ducks went to the bullpen, the RiverDogs came alive. Paul Bonzagni walked Enderson Delgado and Carlos Colmenarez in consecutive at bats to open his outing. Odalys Peguero followed a strikeout by Woo Shin with a single that loaded the bases. Bryan Broecker cashed in with a hot shot off the glove of third baseman Gleider Figuereo, which drove in two and brought the RiverDogs within one. The inning ended with men on second and third base.

Vargas continued to torment the RiverDogs, making a big insurance run in the last of the seventh. He led from the frame against Gerlin Rosario and blasted his second solo home run of the night to make it 4-2. The shortstop came into the game with two home runs on the season.

Unwilling to go away quietly, the RiverDogs cut the deficit to one in the eighth. Shin worked a one-out walk and stole second, allowing him to score moments later on Odalys Peguero’s RBI single.

The RiverDogs defeated the Wood Ducks 12-11 despite coming up short. All nine starters recorded at least one goal for the RiverDogs, including two each for Paulino, Colmenarez and Peguero. Down East got three goals from Vargas and Disla.

De Jesus took the loss after allowing four runs on four walks in 1.1 innings. Dowd did not factor in the decision after giving up three runs, two of them earned, on seven hits in 4.1 innings.

The RiverDogs will try to break their skid on Friday night at 7 p.m. RHP Gary Gill Hill (1-0, 2.51) opens the game on the mound while RHP Jose Gonzalez (1-3, 1.16) pitches for the Wood Ducks .

The RiverDogs continue their pursuit of a fourth straight Carolina League championship in 2024. The full schedule is available here. Season tickets, Dog-E Coin subscriptions and group tickets, including options for the Segra Club at Riley Park, are available at riverdogs.com/tickets. For the lowest ticket prices, go directly to RiverDogs.com. The Segra Club is also open for events all year round. Visit segraclub.com for more information. The brand new RiverDogs Food Truck is available for your next event! For more information, contact the RiverDogs front office at 843-577-3647 (DOGS).

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