CHARLESTON, S.C. — Isaias Tejeda hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning, but it was not enough as the Charleston RiverDogs dropped the opener of a five-game series 5-2 to the Asheville Tourists in front of 6,031 fans at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
Tejeda’s home run, his fourth of the season, came with one on and one out in the bottom of the ninth. The previous batter Billy Fleming hit a ground-rule double, Charleston’s (27-34 second half, 61-70 overall) first extra-base hit of the game.
Joey Maher (6-5) gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings, and his five game winning streak came to an end. Charleston’s home winning streak of eight games was also snapped with Saturday’s loss. It was the first time the RiverDogs were defeated at home since August 12 in an 11-5 loss to the Lexington Legends.
After a scoreless first inning, Roberto Ramos led off the second with a solo home run to right field. His ninth home run of the season put Asheville (35-25, 67-63) ahead 1-0. Max White followed with a walk, stole second and third, and scored on a throwing error by the catcher Radley Haddad.
Dom Nunez added to the Tourists’ 2-0 lead with a solo home run over the fence in right field. Asheville scored two more runs in the top of the seventh to increase their lead to 5-0. Omar Carrizales’ hit an RBI triple and scored later in the frame on an errant pickoff throw by Haddad.
Jesus Tinoco (5-0) pitched seven scoreless innings for the Tourists and only allowed four hits. He has not allowed a run in his last three starts.
RIVERDOGS RECORD ATTENDANCE WATCH:
2007 attendance – 284,718
2015 attendance through 8/29 – 279,692
Remaining attendance to goal – 5,026
BOX SCORE: http://atmilb.com/1iaJOJF
GAME HIGHLIGHTS: https://youtu.be/0f4FeNLJWAg
BALLPARK FUN: The RiverDogs and fans celebrated College of Charleston Night at The Joe. Many students and alumni came out to the ballpark to start the new school year with RiverDogs baseball. College of Charleston basketball head coach Earl Grant threw out the first pitch to baseball head coach Matt Heath. The Cougars cheerleading and dance squads entertained fans throughout the game as well. Saturday night’s attendance of 6,031 was the largest since August 9. Most of the fans stuck around until the very end and kids ran around the bases after the final out was recorded.
COMING UP: The RiverDogs continue their five-game series against Asheville Sunday at 5:05 p.m. Charleston will LHP Justin Kamplain (4-14, 4.72 ERA) to the mound against LHP Sam Howard (10-9, 3.54 ERA) for the Tourists. You can listen to the action on “The Big Talker” 1250 WTMA, WTMA.com, and RiverDogs.com or watch the game on MiLB.tv.
Come to the ballpark as the RiverDogs celebrate Faith Night. Gates open half an hour earlier than usual at 3:30 p.m., and there will be a presentation from Charleston Southern baseball player Chris Singleton on “The Power of Faith” starting at 3:45. The entire Charleston Southern baseball team will be in attendance as well. During the game, the RiverDogs will auction off their “Seersucker Sunday” jerseys with proceeds to benefit the Singleton Memorial Fund. To purchase discounted $7 tickets, call Will Senn at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or go to www.tinyurl.com/faithnight15 and use the password: faithnight15. The Gildan Mobile Tour will be making a trip to The Joe on Sunday. Gildan will have a table set up near the main entrance with plenty of fun games to play and free giveaways to take home. This is the final Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission Kids Club Sunday of the season, presented by Y102.5. Parking is free and kids 12-and-under eat free courtesy of Pepsi. They will receive a coupon for a hot dog, fountain drink and chips. All members of the RiverDogs Kids Club receive free admission to every Family Sunday Game. The RiverDogs Kids Club, known as the RiverPups, is free to join and open to all kids 12-and-under. Stick around after the game for free autographs from the entire RiverDogs team for the final time in 2015.