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Dogs Defeat Tourists 8-3 In Rain Shortened Affair

The Charleston RiverDogs matched their season high in home runs with three as they defeated the Asheville Tourists 8-3 in a rain-shortened five and a half inning game Wednesday night at Joe Riley Park. The game was supposed to be the first game of a doubleheader.

The Tourists took a fast lead in the first inning off Dogs starter Brian Keller (W, 4-5) when Max George hit a bouncer up the middle that shortstop Hoy Park fielded, but could not get the runner at second to score Jose Gomez for a 1-0 lead.

In the second, the Tourists would strike for two more and take a 3-0 lead. Brian Serven hit a double to right field over Isiah Gilliam‘s head. Joel Diaz singled to right to move Serven to third. Eric Toole‘s ground ball found the hole in the right side of the infield to score Serven with the second Tourist run of the game. After Diaz was picked off and Manny Melendez reach on a fielder’s choice, Gomez hit a ball into the right field corner to plate Melendez for the third run. The inning would end with Gomez thrown out at third trying to extend his double into a triple.

The RiverDogs scored their first run of the game with a two out rally in the second off Tourist starter Antonio Santos (L, 2-5). New Dog Dalton Blaser singled to right field and would score on Manny Alvarez’s double to right field to make it 3-1 Tourists.

The Dogs would score two more to tie the game in the bottom of the third. Oswaldo Cabrera reached on a leadoff walk. Estevan Florial drilled a home run to center field to tie things up after three.

In the fourth, Blaser would homer to right center field to give the Dogs their first lead of the game at 4-3. Alvarez would rip another double to right field and Brandon Wagner reached after being hit by a pitch. Oswaldo Cabrera singled up the middle to make it 5-3. Ben Ruta would chop a ball over first baseman Diaz’s head to score Wagner for a 6-3 Dogs advantage.

The Dogs would score the final two runs of the contest with a Wagner two-run home run to right-center field and put the final at 8-3.

Brian Keller pitched all six innings for Charleston giving up nine hits and allowing two earned runs while striking out five to earn the win. Dalton Blaser would end up going 2-for-3, scoring two runs and knocking in one subbing in for Isiah Gilliam who had to leave the game in the second inning. Mandy Alvarez went 2-for-2 with two doubles and driving in a run while scoring two as well.

The Dogs improve to 29-28 on the season while the Tourists drop to 25-31. With the rain snuffing out game two, the double header is slated to start at 6:05 PM at Joe Riley Park

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