Angel Aguilar Powers, Nick Green Hurls RiverDogs to 6-1 Victory
A night after the Charleston RiverDogs saw rain end their contest prematurely in a 2-1 loss, the team traveled to West Virginia where they downed the Power 6-1. Nick Green followed up his last outing where he allowed 1-hit in 8-innings by extending his run of consecutive innings without allowing an earned run to 22.1-innings and Angel Aguilar blasted his second home run of the season.
After a scoreless first inning, the RiverDogs took the lead in the top of the second frame against West Virginia starter Luis Escobar. Brandon Wagner started the inning by drawing a walk, and two batters later Ben Ruta singled into right field, moving Wagner to second. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position before Estevan Florial drew a walk to load the bases. Escobar’s second wild pitch of the inning scored Wagner.
In the top of the third, Charleston extended their lead to two. Hoy Jun Park started the inning with a double and moved to third on a fly ball. Isiah Gilliam’s sacrifice fly scored Park and it was 2-0.
An error by Green allowed the Power to pull within one in the bottom half of the inning. The Charleston starter retired the first two batters of the frame, but Ty Moore reached when Green made an error on a ground ball back to the mound. Albert Bauer followed with a double that scored Moore and it was 2-1.
It would stay a one-run game until the fifth when the RiverDogs would extend their lead to three. Park reached on an error to start the inning, and Angel Aguilar followed with a shot over the left field fence for his second homer of the season.
In the seventh they added two more runs. Aguilar started the inning with a ground rule double, his eighth of the year, and scored when Gilliam followed with a double. Two batters later Gilliam scored on a sacrifice fly by Oswaldo Cabrera to make it 6-1.
While his team was staking him to a sizeable lead, Nick Green (3-3) was pitching brilliantly. The starter evened his record, allowing 4-hits and 3-walks with one unearned run scoring. He struck out two and lowered his ERA to 2.63. It was the third straight start where he has not allowed an earned run and his second straight win.
Angel Aguilar went 2-5 with 2-runs, 2-RBI, a homer and a double for the RiverDogs. Isiah Gilliam was 3-4 with a run, 2-doubles, and 2-RBI. He leads the team with 10 doubles.
Tomorrow these two teams will square off again in an early afternoon affair. Adonis Rosa (0-0, 3.16) goes for the Charleston RiverDogs against Luis Escobar (3-2, 4.93). First pitch is at 2:05.
By Robert Pannier