Hickory Crawdads (29-23, 70-51) vs Charleston RiverDogs (27-25, 60-62)
Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park – Charleston, SC
12:05 PM – Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
CHARLESTON, SC August 13, 2014:
Charleston holds off Hickory, weather for second win of three-game series
CHARLESTON, SC – The Charleston RiverDogs held off a late Hickory Crawdads comeback and followed an eighth-inning rain delay by securing a 3-2 victory on Tuesday evening in front of 3,641 fans at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in SAL action.
The RiverDogs climbed to 27-25 in the second half and 60-62 overall. The Crawdads fell back to 29-23 and 70-51, respectively. Charleston claimed a series victory with its second win of this three-game series.
Over the first two innings, Charleston turned inning-ending double plays on defense and took a 3-0 lead through its offense. Mike Ford’s double scored Miguel Andujar in the first inning. Yeicok Calderon led off the second inning with a home run. Eduardo de Oleo followed with a single and later scored on a Michael O’Neill groundout.
Hickory scored in the fifth and eighth inning to slice the difference to 3-2. Eric Ruth closed the eighth by inducing a fly out before the game entered a 64-minute rain delay. Ruth returned on the other side of the delay with a scoreless ninth inning to officially wrap up the win.
Luis Niebla (2-1) won over David Ledbetter (5-6) as Ruth (5) earned another save.
RiverDogs: RHP Rookie Davis (6-8, 4.54 ERA)
Crawdads: RHP Collin Wiles (1-2, 3.32 ERA)
HIC: RHP Collin Wiles has kept his opponents scoreless in each of his last two starts. Primarily a reliever this season, he made two starts to open the month of August and pitched 10.1 innings over no-decisions against the Savannah Sand Gnats and the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Wiles recently returned to active roster after making a trio of rehab appearances with the Rookie-Level AZL Rangers back in the month of July. Wiles was the 53rd overall selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, taken by the Texas Rangers in the Compensation A Round. 14 picks earlier in that same round, Texas drafted reigning MiLB home run champion Joey Gallo. Last Outing: August 8th vs. Greensboro (ND, start) 5.1 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K
CSC: RHP Rookie Davis carries a solid streak of endurance and success into this start. Davis has pitched at least five full innings in each of his last seven outings, going 3-0 and earning his second career quality start on August 3 against Hagerstown. He pitched twice at Hickory this season and went 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA in those appearances. Davis was drafted in the 14th round by the New York Yankees in 2011 and decided to forgo a scholarship to East Carolina University, where he would have been a two-way player. Davis previously pitched for the Rookie-Level Gulf Coast League Yankees and the short-season Single-A Staten Island Yankees.
Last Outing: August 8th at Rome (ND, start) 5.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 4 K
- Charleston’s elimination number is 10, so any combination of Asheville wins and RiverDogs losses matching 10 eliminates the RiverDogs
- In other postseason notes, the Greenville Drive became the first SAL to be eliminated in the second half after Asheville’s 3-2 win at Savannah
- Michael O’Neill’s 35 stolen bases and Charleston’s 1,010 strikeouts as a staff each top the entire Yankees organization (New York included)
- Mike Ford hit four home runs at Hickory on May 25, becoming the first Charleston player to have a 4-HR game (SABR, http://bit.ly/RWatfY)
- Charleston RiverDogs Manager Luis Dorante was born in Estado Falcón, Venezuela, the northernmost state in the South American nation