Pre-game festivities celebrating Mayor Joe Riley along with one-run win highlight another Friday at The Joe
CHARLESTON, SC July 25, 2015 – The Charleston RiverDogs outlasted Mother Nature and took down the Delmarva Shorebirds 8-7 in front of 5,654 dedicated fans, Friday night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
Following a near two-hour rain delay the bats for both sides came out swinging in the first inning of the series finale. Delmarva’s (16-12 in the second half, 49-47 overall) Ademar Rifaela greeted Justin Kamplain with a solo home run on the second pitch of the ballgame and put the Shorebirds in front early.
The RiverDogs (10-18 in the second half, 44-54 overall) responded with a five-run first inning of their own; a frame in which all of the damage occurred with two outs. Matthew Grimes retires the first two via strikeouts in the first before the rain picked up and Bo Thompson stepped in. The first baseman drew a walk and Isaias Tejeda followed with a single, which put two on with the two out.
Alexander Palma delivered a two-run double to left and stole third. Ryan Lindemuth and Radley Haddad both walked to load the bases for Griff Gordon. The newest RiverDog plated a pair made it 4-1 with a single to left, his second hit of the season with Charleston, and ended Grimes’ night on the mound. Derek Toadvine was first to face the new pitcher Nick Cunningham and drove in the fifth run of the inning with an infield single.
Delmarva bounced back and scored four runs across the third and fourth innings to tie the game at 5-5. Cameron Kneeland took a Kamplain pitch over the wall in left-center for a two-run shot and cut the RiverDogs lead to 5-3. In the fourth it was two RBI doubles by Oswill Lartiguez and Rifaela that tied the game.
Charleston took 6-5 lead when Toadvine scored from second on a Cunningham wild pitch in the fourth.
The score held until the seventh when Delmarva tied it again on a bases loaded walk from RiverDogs righty Andre Del Bosque. Although he blew the save, Del Bosque (6-4) would be bailed out when the offense scored two more runs and took the lead for good in the bottom half of the inning.
Jorge Mateo drove home Vince Conde with a single against Mike Burke (0-2) to make it 7-6. He then stole second, took third and scored on a two-base throwing error by the Shorebirds catcher Yermin Mercedes.
Angel Rincon came on in the eighth for the two-inning save and earned his second save of the season, despite giving up a run in his first inning.
RAIN CHECK POLICY: Although the game was indeed official, the RiverDogs were unable to shoot off Friday’s scheduled fireworks show. The fireworks show has been moved to Saturday’s game. As a result the RiverDogs will honor tickets for Friday’s game as rain checks. Fans with tickets for Friday’s game that were inconvenienced by the weather will be able to use their ticket for another RiverDogs game of their choice, including Saturday. For any questions, or for more information, please call the RiverDogs ticket office at 843/577-3647 or log on to RiverDogs.com.
BALLPARK FUN: A large crowd gathered to celebrate the 40 years of service of our mayor and facility’s namesake, Joseph P. Riley, Jr. The first 1,000 fans received commemorative figurines of Mayor Riley and Bill Murray’s memorable embrace. There was also a tribute to Mayor Riley on the video board prior to the game. The Mayor himself threw out his final first pitch as Mayor of Charleston and it was a STRIKE caught by Jorge Mateo. Despite a pre-game rain delay of one hour and 50 minutes, the large majority of the crowd remained until first pitch at 8:55 and many stayed until the final out was made, just prior to midnight. The game was broadcast flawlessly on MyTV Charleston. It marked the first and only game to be carried on TV during the 2015 season.
COMING UP: The RiverDogs begin a four-game series against Greenville Saturday at 6:05 p.m.in the Battle of the Palmetto State presented by Spinx. Charleston will send RHP Matt Wotherspoon (2-1, 3.89 ERA) to the mound against LHP Jalen Beeks (8-4, 4.29 ERA) for the Drive. You can watch the game live on MiLB.tv or listen to all the action on “The Big Talker” 1250 WTMA, WTMA.com, and RiverDogs.com.
Saturday is the RiverDogs’ 16th annual Kindness Beats Blindness Auction, presented by 101.7 Chuck FM. The RiverDogs partner with MUSC Storm Eye Institute to raise funds for researching Retinitis Pigmentosa with all proceeds benefiting the MUSC Storm Eye Institute. The auction begins at 5 pm and continues through the sixth inning. Ever dream of rounding third base and heading for home at The Joe? Saturday night is another chance to make that dream come true as kids are able to run around the diamond every Saturday, with the Postgame Kids Run the Bases program presented by CPI Security Systems.