It takes one big pitching effort to give up one run despite five errors.
And that is what William Oliver did tonight.
Oliver went five innings, allowing one run on five hits, as the white-hot Charleston Riverdogs’ cruised to a 4-1 victory over West Virginia.
Dante Bichette returned, going 1-for-2 with two walks in the victory. He also committed two of the errors.
Cito Culver had a much needed big night at the plate: 2-for-3, RBI, walk, two runs scored, two stolen bases (5 on the year)
Mason Williams had two hits and his eighth steal. Meanwhile, Tyler Austin doubled (6th of the season) and scored a run, while Gary Sanchez doubled (6th of the season) and drove in a run.
Oliver is 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA (16 IP, 13 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 11 K).
Zach Varce threw two perfect innings of relief, striking out three (1.13 ERA; 8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K) while Phil Wetherell earned the save with two scoreless innings of relief, allowing a hit while striking out two (0.82 ERA; 11 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 12 K) —————— Scranton:
Postponed ——————————— Trenton:
Shaeffer Hall was solid through seven innings, but Trenton couldn’t muster much offense in a 4-1 loss to Harrisburg.
Hall was carrying a shutout into the seventh, when he promptly gave up three runs. (7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K). Hall is 2-2 with a 3.91 ERA on the season (23 IP, 27 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB, 13 K)
Luke Murton went 3-for-4 with a run batted in, while Walter Ibarra had two hits, including a double. Ibarra, who hit .297/.333/.421 in Tampa last year, is 14-for-51 with five doubles this season. He is a 24-year old shortstop. ——————————– Tampa:
Rob Segedin went 3-for-4 with a double and run scored, while JR Murphy had a double and two runs batted in but it wasn’t nearly enough as Tampa was clobbered by Daytona, 13-2.
Shane Brown went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks in the loss. Ramon Flores added a single, walk, and a run scored.
Mikey O’Brien started and was torched for the first time this season: 3.1 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 4 BB, 1 K. His ERA rose to 5.79. It was at 0.84 entering the game. Ouch.