The Charleston RiverDogs were able to overcome a 5-2 deficit after five innings and five combined errors in the final three frames by their middle infielders to defeat the Asheville Tourists 8-5 on Sunday afternoon at McCormick Field in Asheville in South Atlantic League action. Charleston took the series 2-1 with the victory.
With the comeback win, the RiverDogs get back over .500 at 32-31 in the second half and 71-60 overall. The Tourists fall to 23-39 in second half play and 61-69 overall with the loss.
A day after scoring eight runs in the ninth to steal a win, the Dogs this time used a more spread out approach.
After Asheville jumped ahead 3-0 early thanks to a three run second inning on an RBI double by Max White and a two-run homer by Derek Jones. The home run was the third of the series for the lefty Jones.
Charleston chipped away with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings on RBI singles by Jackson Valera and Jake Cave to cut it to 3-2 game.
After starting pitcher Luis Niebla departed for the RiverDogs following four innings where he gave up eight hits, three runs, three walks, and collected two strikeouts, the Tourists bats were back at it in the bottom of the fifth.
Francisco Sosa homered of righty reliever Adam Smith, a solo shot, and then Zach Osborne knocked in David Bergin with a single to put Asheville back up by three, 5-2.
Sosa finished 4-5 with a homer, double, and two singles to pace the Tourists offensively. Derek Jones and Zach Osborne each chipped in with three hit games as well.
The Dogs scored the final six runs of the game thanks to Daniel Aldrich's second professional homer, and second long ball in as many days, a towering two run blast to right field in the sixth inning.
Just one inning later, Charleston blew the game open on doubles by Jose Rosario and Greg Bird, a single by Reymond Nunez, and an opposite field two run blast for Jackson Valera. They took an 8-5 lead and never looked back.
Valera turned in the best day at the plate for the RiverDogs with an impressive 3-4, three RBI performance. Jake Cave, Greg Bird, Daniel Aldrich, and Reymond Nunez all collected two hits each in the win as well.
Vicente Campos through two, scoreless innings of relief and fanned three en route to the win for Charleston to improve to 4-2.
Lefty James Pazos then earned his first save as a RiverDog by recording the final six outs and not allowing a run. Campos and Pazos combined to work around five errors on Charleston's middle infielders in the seventh through ninth innings of the game. Fu-Lin Kuo committed three errors at second base, and shortstop Jose Rosario got tagged with two.
Asheville starter Ben Hughes allowed 12 hits and six runs in 6.1 innings to earn the loss and fall to 8-11.
COMING UP: The RiverDogs head to the Upstate to begin a three game series in Greenville, SC against the Greenville Drive. Game one is Monday night at 7:05 and the starting pitchers are TBD. Fans can listen to the game live locally on ESPN Radio 910AM or online at www.riverdogs.com.