CHARLESTON, SC –Luis Cedeno manned the rubber for the RiverDogs and took command early dominating the strike zone setting a career high with ten strikeouts in seven innings. The right-hander was backed with three runs of support and a crowd of 4,402 at Joseph P. Riley Jr., Park as the RiverDogs cut their magic number to five in the hunt for the first half playoff title.
The RiverDogs (37-23) were able to shutout the Tourists (30-31) by a score of 3-0 for the second consecutive night as Cedeno (3-2) held Asheville to just a pair of hits.
Charleston took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after a bases loaded walk from Hoy Jun Park. Audie Afenir, Nathan Mikolas, and Leonardo Molina led the inning off with back-to-back-to-back singles to begin the inning.
Alexander Palma continued his hot streak since joining the RiverDogs adding to his RBI total (4) with a solo homerun off the top of the left field wall to end the night for Asheville’s starter Jesus Tinoco (0-1).
Mikolas added an insurance run for Charleston in the eighth after scoring Connor Spencer on a sacrifice fly to right. Spencer led the inning off with a high chopper single into right field. Afenir then laced a base hit to left as Spencer raced to third sliding in under the tag.
Cody Carroll entered in the top of the eighth and finished the game picking up his second save of the season while striking out and walking one.
The RiverDogs had another wonderful Saturday at The Joe. Pregame, the RiverDogs honored the Cannon Street All-Stars and tipped their caps in reverence in a special salute the Negro Leagues presented by SC State University. During the game, current Charleston Southern outfielder Chris Singleton was presented with the Humanitarian Award. The RiverDogs continued the Saturday post game promotion with a tribute to Larry Doby, the first African-American player in the American League. Fans stayed after the game as the RiverDogs presented a Night of 1,000 Candles, showcasing the power of one light.
The RiverDogs magic number now stands at five, and could be trimmed down to four pending the decision of Augusta on the road in Greenville. A first half title would clinch the first RiverDogs playoff berth in 11 seasons.
The RiverDogs will take on the Tourists in the series finale on June 12 as RHP Yefrey Ramirez (3-1, 3.14) squares off against RHP Trey Killian (3-3, 5.22). The RiverDogs embrace Charleston’s “Holy City” moniker that has defined the community as a place of unity for centuries. The club will wear specialty uniforms that proudly display the “Holy City” namesake across their pinstriped tops with a new ‘HC’ emblem on the caps. The RiverDogs and the City of Charleston come togetherin a Day of Unity to embrace the city’s show of strength and unity that transpired in the face of tragedy. There will also be a postgame concert featuring local musicians Tommy Gielingh and Evan Lampkin as they debut their “Unity Bridge” song. It’s also a Kids ClubSunday where all Kid’s Club members get in free. In association with Charleston County Parks & Recreation, South Carolina State University, and Y102.5, Sunday features free parking and Lowcountry youth eat free, enjoy pregame catch on the field as well as a rock climbing wall, and run the bases postgame presented by CPI Security.
Ticket information for the RiverDogs homestand and any of the remaining home games can be secured by contacting the box office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com. Those that can’t make it to the park can follow every pitch of the RiverDogs season on WTMA 1250 AM and streaming online at riverdogs.com. Listen on WTMA 1250 AM in the tri-county area.