The Charleston RiverDogs finished off their seven game home stand with a 2-5 record. They were swept by the Lakewood BlueClaws and ended up splitting a four-game series against the Delmarva Shorebirds. “We ran into a Lakewood team. They got hot. They got a nice looking ballclub. A couple of those games could have gone either way. Then we let one get away from us against Delmarva earlier in the series. This one tonight, we couldn’t quite finish the comeback. Hopefully, go on the road and play better baseball, get back home and start some win streak,” RiverDogs manager Pat Osborn said about the homestand.
Here are some news and notes from the past week:
The starting pitching continues to struggle to give length. During the homestand, starters averaged 4.6 innings pitched per start, and that includes an eight-inning gem from Nick Green on Saturday night.
With the starters struggles, the bullpen pitched to a solid 3.18 ERA before Monday night’s game during that stretch to keep the Dogs in most of the games. The starters during the same stretch posted a 6.40 ERA.
Estevan Florial had a ten game hitting streak snapped Monday night.
Anyelo Gomez was called up to the Tampa Yankees Monday after earning his seventh save of the season Sunday against Delmarva. Gomez has pitched 14 innings out of the bullpen allowing just ten hits, four walks while striking out 23 batters. “I think he’ll be fine. If our system wasn’t so deep in pitching, he probably would have been starting at Tampa at least. So I would expect him to go and do a really good job for those guys. Talented kid, really good fastball, really good changeup. Those guys are valuable at the end of the bullpen,” manager Pat Osborn said. Raynel Espinal returns from extended spring training to fill the vacancy in the bullpen.
In another roster move Monday, the Yankees sent Ben Ruta from extended spring training to the RiverDogs while Leonardo Molina was sent to extended spring training. Pat Osborn gave his thoughts on what to expect from Ruta. “I saw Ben in spring a little bit. Good all-around player. He can play all three outfield spots. Puts the bat on the ball, can run a little bit. I think he’ll help us out and he’ll fit in perfectly with this group. He’s a grinder, and he’s going to play his butt off,” Osborn said.
The RiverDogs go on the road for seven games. They play the Hickory Crawdads, a Texas Rangers affiliate, for three games and then move onto West Virginia, a Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate, for four games. “Not sure what to expect from Hickory, Texas Rangers organization. We don’t see those guys in spring training, so we’ll see what they have to offer. The West Virginia team, we play those guys so much. We know them all. I’m good friends with the manager (Wyatt Torregas) there in West Virginia. They got a good team. Just try to play good baseball and control what we can control,” Osborn said.
The RiverDogs come home May 18 for a four-game series against the Augusta Greenjackets.