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Feature Sized – Charleston RiverDogs starting pitcher Freicer Perez works against the Lakewood BlueClaws at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park in Charleston, SC on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. (Martin Griff)

Asheville Earns Split With Charleston Behind Pitching Gem 2-1

Asheville Tourist starter Brandon Gold held the Charleston RiverDogs at bay in game two of a doubleheader played at Joe Riley Park Thursday night. The Tourists defeated the Dogs in the nightcap 2-0 after Charelston had taken game one by the score of 3-1.

Freicer Perez (L, 1-3) was the tough-luck loser for the RiverDogs as he pitched six innings, allowing just one run, which was earned, on three hits, striking out five batters. “Freicer threw the ball well again. He’s been on a little bit of a roll. Really progressing from the start of the season. Just didn’t take care of business on the offensive side of the ball,” RiverDogs manager Patrick Osborn said.

The first run of the game came in the second inning when Asheville put together a hitless rally. Perez walked Willie Abreu and Max George after recording the first out. A wild pitch advanced both runners. With runners on second and third, Joel Diaz grounded to shortstop to plate Abreu.

The second run would not come until the seventh when Asheville Max George led off the inning with a double. Diaz grounded out to first to place George at third base. Taylor Snyder singled up the middle to plate George and make it 2-0 Asheville.

The Dogs never mounted a serious threat during the game. Gold (W, 3-4) went six innings, allowing just three hits and striking out five batters. J.D. Hammer pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his seventh save of the season, striking out two of the three batters he faced. “I thought he threw the ball well, good command, good changeup. Kept us off balance. We just weren’t able to get to him,” Osborn said of Gold’s start.

With the loss, the RiverDogs drop to 30-29 on the season and Asheville improves to 26-32. The Dogs hit the road for a five game, four day road trip to Columbia to face Tim Tebow and the Columbia Fireflies. “We played them a couple of weeks ago. They have a nice little team, a couple of good arms. Tim Tebow, which will be fun again. We just continue to try and play good baseball,” Osborn said.

The Dogs return home Tuesday June 13 for a six game homestand. First they faceoff against West Virginia and then the Fireflies make their first trip to Joe Riley Park starting June 16 for a three game weekend set.

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