Brett Gerritse hurled five strong innings and got the win for the Charleston RiverDogs as they outpitched the Asheville Tourists on their way to a 2-1 victory in South Atlantic League action on Thursday night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park with 4,476 in attendance.
The RiverDogs improve to 52-36 (13-8 in the second half) and can take three of four if they win the game on Friday. Asheville now has a record 58-33 (11-10 in the second half) this season.
"That was another great outing by Brett Gerritse," said RiverDogs manager Carlos Mendoza. "The bullpen again was fantastic, not allowing a hit over four innings. We got some timely hitting with a homer by Gamel and big RBI double by Refsnyder. Everybody chipped in."
The Tourists took advantage of an error in the first to push across an unearned run on a sacrifice fly. Ben Gamel (1-4, HR, RBI, run) responded for the RiverDogs in the bottom of the first by lifting a solo homer to right, his second of the season, tying the game at one.
After the teams traded runs in the first, the pitchers took over and kept both lineups in check. Gerritse and Daniel Winkler (8-7) matched zeroes in the second, third and fourth as the game remained tied. Robert Refsnyder broke tie by lashing an RBI double into the gap in right center to put Charleston ahead for the first time on the night. Gerritse (2-4) departed after five innings having allowed one unearned run on two hits with three walks and one strikeout.
Starting in the sixth, the RiverDogs bullpen took on the task of holding the slim lead and they did the job. Joel De La Cruz was the first man out of the bullpen, and he threw two innings of hitless ball with three strikeouts. Nick Goody closed out the game with a scoreless and hitless eighth and ninth for his second save of the season.