Hernandez drives in five runs in debut, Mesa, Jr. earns win in his debut
CHARLESTON, SC Aug. 22, 2015 – Jake Hernandez led the Charleston RiverDogs to a 9-3 victory in his South Atlantic League debut, going 3-for-4 with five runs batted in Friday night in front of 4,518 fans at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. With the victory, Charleston has now set a new season-long win streak and season-long home win streak at six games.
In Hernandez’s first at-bat in the bottom of the second, he drove in Isaias Tejeda and Ryan Lindemuth with a two-out single to center. Griff Gordon followed with an RBI double to increase Charleston’s lead to 3-0.
Augusta (28-25 second half, 61-61 overall) scored their first run in the top of the fourth when Andrew Cain scored on a wild pitch. The RiverDogs (24-30, 58-66) plated three more in the bottom half of the frame. Hernandez hit an RBI double, scored on a double steal, and then Bo Thompson drew a bases-loaded walk, which brought the lead up to 6-1.
Charleston had their third three-run inning of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Hernandez drove in two more runs with an RBI single to center. Three batters later, he scored his third run of the game when Vince Conde reached base on a fielding error by the first baseman Chase Compton.
Augusta tallied two runs in the top of the eighth. Matt Pare hit a one-out single to drive in Compton and Cain.
Both starting pitchers were chased from the game early. Matt Marsh lasted just 3 2/3 innings for the RiverDogs, while D.J. Snelten (5-4) only made it through the first two and took the loss. Jose Mesa, Jr. (1-0) earned the win in relief in his first outing with Charleston.
BALLPARK FUN: HOPE Week wrapped up on Friday with an initiative to help support 4-year-old Abigail Grace Lee, a young girl born with mosaic Down Syndrome and hypoplastic left heart syndrome. As Abigail prepared for her third open heart surgery, blood tests revealed she had acute myeloid leukemia. After completing a few rounds of chemo, Abigail’s test results revealed she was cancer free! Players escorted Abigail in a limousine and spent the morning with her at Frankie’s Fun Park, and then Abigail threw out the first pitch at Friday night’s game.
After rain delayed the game by nearly an hour, fans were finally able to enjoy RiverDogs baseball under clear skies. It was MedTrust Medical Transport night at The Joe, and Charlie T. RiverDog arrived with a bandage over his eye. The bat boys even used stretchers to carry bats off the field and into the dugouts. Many fans wore red to the game for the final ISHPI Red Shirt Friday of the 2015 season. The RiverDogs’ special red jerseys were auctioned off during the game and presented to the winning fans after the game.
COMING UP: The RiverDogs continue their four-game series against Augusta Saturday at 6:05 p.m. Charleston will send RHP David Palladino (2-6, 3.97 ERA) to the hill and they will face RHP Michael Santos (0-1, 2.55 ERA) for the GreenJackets. You can listen to the action on “The Big Talker” 1250 WTMA, WTMA.com, and RiverDogs.com or watch the action on MiLB.tv beginning with Saturday Dog Talk at 5:35 p.m.
Saturday is Think Pink – Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The RiverDogs will be raising awareness for breast cancer as we Pink Out the Park. The first 1,000 fans (18 and older) through the gates will receive a free ‘Bobble Boobs’ giveaway, sponsored by United Healthcare. The RiverDogs are also teaming up with the Shotgun Fairies to help raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. 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.