CHARLESTON, SC- Charleston RiverDogs (5-1) outfielder Jhalan Jackson feasted on Asheville pitching for the second night in a row and collected two RBI on a pair of two out doubles as the RiverDogs overcame an early one run deficit to clinch the three-game series with the Tourists (1-5) in front of a crowd of 2,262 at The Joe on Tuesday night.
After a 3-4 performance the night prior, the Tampa, FL native and the Yankees 7th round selection last summer slugged two more extra base hits and finished 2-4 on the night as Charleston’s designated hitter.
The Tourists jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third after applying pressure to the RiverDogs ace, Domingo Acevedo. Asheville second baseman Jonathon Piron led off the frame with a single to right before coming around to score on a sacrifice fly by the Tourists catcher Chris Rabago and give the Tourists the early advantage.
Acevedo pitched with baserunners aboard for much of his start, but logged a solid outing in his second start of the season. The righty out of Villa Los Almacigos, Dominican Republic struck out eight Tourist batters over his 6.2 innings of work while allowing one earned run on six hits with a pair of walks. Acevedo allowed multiple baserunners in four of the seven innings he was on the hill, but pitched effectively from the stretch to keep the deficit at one.
After Acevedo reached his limit after 67 pitches thrown with two outs in the seventh inning, RiverDogs skipper Luis Dorante turned to Claudio Custodio (1-0) out of the pen. The former position player turned pitcher retired all four batters he faced in his second outing of the year, coming in to record the final out of the seventh and pitch a clean eighth frame to pick up the win.
With the RiverDogs staff providing a solid start, it was Charleston’s offense that woke up in the sixth inning. Trey Amburgey doubled with one out and scored the first run on the first double by Jackson with two outs. In the eighth with the game tied at one a piece, Jackson once again came through in the clutch, scorching a double to right field with two away to give the RiverDogs their first lead of the ballgame at 2-1.
Andrew Schwaab picked up his first save of the season and sent the heart of the Tourists order down 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth, capped off by a strikeout of Tourists left fielder Yonathon Daza to end the ballgame.
The RiverDogs were kept in check by the Tourists starter David Hill who picked up a no decision. The fourth round pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2015 held Charleston’s offense without a hit through the first four innings before Thairo Estrada reached on an infield single to lead off the top of the fifth as part of an eight-hit night for Charleston.
The RiverDogs welcomed fans through the gates at The Joe with their first “Take Me Out Tuesday” of the season presented by Harris Teeter and NASH FM, with pairs of baseball fans enjoying specialty 2-for-$20 meal and ticket deals at the gate and competing in tandem contests throughout the nights between inning promotions.
The RiverDogs wrap up their series with Asheville, the Class-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, in Game Three on Wednesday morning with the first pitch scheduled for 11:05am at The Joe. The RiverDogs welcome students of the Lowcountry in the first of two Education Days this season. The RiverDogs will send RHP Will Carter (0-0, 3.60) for his second start of the season while the Tourists counter with RHP Parker French (1-0, 0.00). For those that can’t make it out to the ballpark, the game can be heard exclusively online at riverdogs.com. Ticket information may be secured by contact the box office at (843)577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com.