The Charleston RiverDogs scored one run in their series opener with the Asheville Tourists, taking the defeat, 3-1, in front of a crowd of 2,955 at Joe Riley Park on Tuesday.
The Dogs (11-14) scored their lone run on a Dalton Blaser line drive home run that cleared the right centerfield fence in the seventh inning. The solo shot was Blaser’s first home run of the season, one of two hits on the night for the first baseman.
Blaser’s home run snapped a 15 2/3 inning scoreless streak for the RiverDogs going back to Saturday’s victory in Greenville.
Blaser was one of four Charleston hitters with a multi-hit night. Outfielder Pablo Olivares tallied two hits in the designated hitter role, giving the 20-year-old Venezuelan six hits in his first five games at The Joe this season.
On the hill, right-hander Rony Garcia (0-2) turned in his longest outing of the season, allowing a pair of runs in 6 1/3 innings. Garcia allowed Asheville (8-15) runs in the first and third but got help from his defense throughout the night. Catcher Eduardo Navas threw out two would-be base stealers. Second baseman Oswaldo Cabrera displayed his athleticism with a catch in no-man’s land in shallow right before throwing out Ramon Marcelino trying to tag up and score, retiring the Tourists in the fourth.
Charleston sent the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, but Dalton Blaser couldn’t produce more fireworks as he popped out in foul territory to end the game.
The Holy City’s bullpen got back on track as Luis Cedeno and Braden Bristo combined for 2 1/3 innings, giving up an unearned run. Both pitchers are yet to surrender an earned run this season.
Asheville's staff entered the game with a league-worst 5.97 ERA before holding Charleston to just the lone tally.
Joe Riley Park literally sparkled as glitter was sprinkled throughout the concourse on “World’s Cleanest Ballpark Night.” The RiverDogs staff finally cleaned up their act with an all-hands-on-deck approach to picking up any litter, delivering clean-humored jokes, and even a haircut/shave combo for the team’s grizzly Director of Operations, Philip Guiry. It was also another “Live and Local Tuesday” presented by 105.5 The Bridge, featuring guest PA Shep Rose, one of the stars of Bravo’s Southern Charm, a farmer’s market on the concourse, live music, and a restaurant pop-up from Rebel Taqueria.