In the rubber match of a three-game series, three pitchers combined to pitch a gem in the Charleston RiverDogs a 5-2 win over the Asheville Tourists in South Atlantic League play Sunday night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in front of 3,627 fans.
With the win the RiverDogs move to 35-23 on the season and are now tied with the Savannah Sand Gnats for first place in the Southern Division with less than one week left in the first half of the season. The loss moves the Tourists to 33-28 on the season and they now fall to fourth place in the Southern Division, 3.5 games behind both Charleston and Savannah.
After three scoreless innings to begin the game, Asheville began the scoring in the top of the fourth. Rosell Herrera led off the frame with a single and later scored on a Tom Murphy (2-4) double to left-center field. Murphy then advanced to third on a Francisco Sosa single and scored on a Derek Jones sacrifice fly to center.
Adam Smith entered the game in the fourth inning in relief of RiverDogs starting pitcher Vicente Campos. In 3.2 innings Campos allowed two runs on five hits and recorded three strikeouts.
Tourists starting pitcher Shane Broyles did not allow a base runner until the fourth inning when Greg Bird (2-4) doubled to right field.
Charleston got on the board in the fifth inning. With runners on first and second and two outs, Danny Oh (2-3) doubled to left field and scored Jose Rosario. Taylor Dugas then plated Oh and Wes Wilson with a double down the right field line to give the RiverDogs a 3-2 lead.
Broyles was relieved by Ryan Arrowood in the seventh inning. Broyles allowed three runs on four hits and struck out nine batters in six innings of work.
The RiverDogs added two large insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. After leading off the inning with a single, Oh went to second on a Cito Culver single and then scored on a Bird single. A wild pitch later allowed Culver to score.
Dietrich Enns entered the game in the seventh inning and shut the door on the Tourists as he picked up his first save of the season. In three innings of work he allowed only one base runner on a hit by pitch with one strikeout.
Smith picked up his first win of the season for the RiverDogs. He pitched 2.1 innings, allowed no runs on one hit, and recorded two strikeouts in his best appearance of the season so far.
BALLPARK FUN: RiverDogs players wore the throwback Negro League uniforms of the Newark Eagles while the Tourists sported the throwback threads of the Homestead Grays. After the game, fans were allowed on the field for autographs with RiverDogs players.
COMING UP: Charleston travels to Greenville to take on the Drive for five games in just three days starting Monday. The first game of the series opening doubleheader begins Monday at 4:30. It will be a continuation of a game that was rained out last week and it will be followed by a seven inning contest. RHP Luis Niebla (2-2, 6.85 ERA) will be on the mound for the first place RiverDogs and will face off against RHP Justin Haley (2-6, 4.64 ERA) for the Drive in the first game. The pitchers for the second game will be RHP Brett Gerritse (5-3, 4.76 ERA) for the RiverDogs and LHP Cody Kukuk (2-6, 5.26 ERA) for the Drive. The RiverDogs will return to The Joe on Thursday for a five-game series with the Augusta GreenJackets, the final homestand of the first half.