Tyler Anderson tossed six and a third shutout innings for the Asheville Tourists to earn the victory as they defeated the Charleston RiverDogs 6-1 on Tuesday night in South Atlantic League action in front of a crowd of 2,101 at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
The RiverDogs fall to 50-36 (11-8 in the second half) on the season with the loss. The Tourists' record now stands at 58-31 (11-8 in the second half).
Asheville took the lead in the third when a two-out rally yielded two runs. Trevor Story (2-4, 2 runs) scored the first run when he doubled and came around to score following a wild pitch and a passed ball. Brian Humphries then singled and stole second to bring up Will Swanner (2-5, 2 RBI), who lofted a double off the wall in center to make the score 2-0.
In the fifth, the Tourists took advantage of wildness by Charleston starter Bryan Mitchell (6-7) to tack on three more runs. The first two batters of the inning reached on a single and an error and two wild pitches brought in one run and moved the other runner to third. After a walk, Swanner and Harold Riggins each cracked RBI singles to increase the lead to five. Taylor Featherston provided some insurance in the eighth with a solo homer, his sixth of the season.
A five run cushion proved to be more than enough for Anderson (8-2). In six and a third innings of work, he scattered five hits and walked one with five strikeouts. The RiverDogs never mounted a serious threat against him, only once getting a runner to second base.
Will Rankin came in to relieve Anderson and induced a double play to finish the seventh and Russell Brewer retired the side in order in the eighth. Charleston scored a run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Tyson Blaser (1-3, RBI), but that was all they would get against Jefri Hernandez, who got the last three outs.