In a rain shortened affair, the Lakewood BlueClaws defeated the Charleston RiverDogs 2-0 after five and a half innings.
The BlueClaws put together their runs in the third and the fifth innings, both runs aided by triples. After Dogs starter Adonis Rosa retired the first two Claws in the third, Raul Rivas walked to bring up Mickey Moniak. Moniak ripped a line drive to center field. Dogs centerfielder Pablo Olivares dove to try and make the catch, but missed the ball and it squirted past allowing Rivas to score and Moniak to scamper to third for a triple to give the Claws a 1-0 lead.
In the fifth, Rosa had retired Jesus Alastre to start the inning. Arquimedes Gamboa stepped to the plate and roped a ball over Olivares’ head in center and ended up on third with a triple. Rivas knocked into a ground out to short to bring home Gamboa for a 2-0 lead.
The RiverDogs best chance to score came in the bottom of the third against one of the Philadelphia Phillies best prospects in Sixto Sanchez. Carlos Vidal started the threat with a single to left field. Oswaldo Cabrera ripped his own single to left to place runners at first and second. Olivares drew a walk to load the bases with no one out. Sanchez worked out of trouble by striking out Hoy Park and then induced a ground ball to second baseman Rivas who stepped on second, then fired onto first for a double play to extinguish the threat.
Sanchez (W, 5-3) reached as high as 102 miles per hour on the radar gun and went five innings allowing just three hits and struck out five. Sanchez gets credit for a complete game due to the game being called before the bottom of the sixth. Rosa (L,3-3) went five and two-thirds allowing three hits and striking out six.
With the loss, the Dogs drop to 20-10 on the second half of the season, 54-46 overall. Lakewood improves to 14-17 for the second half and 54-47 overall.
The RiverDogs conclude their homestand and four game set with the BlueClaws Tuesday afternoon starting at 12:05 at Joe Riley Park. The RiverDogs take to the road for a four game series against the Greenville Drive after an off day on Wednesday. The RiverDogs come back home on July 31 to face the Columbia Fireflies for three games before Greenville visits for a four game set starting on August 3.