RiverDogs Blank Tourists 4-0

    Behind a strong effort from pitchers Dalton Lehnen, Brian Trieglaff and Matt Wivinis, the Charleston RiverDogs defeated the Asheville Tourists 4-0 Wednesday night at Joe Riley Park.

    It looked like Lehnen may be knocked out early in the game though when Shael Mendoza singled to start the game, and then Bret Boswell laid down a sacrifice bunt that Lehnen fielded but fired past first baseman Dalton Blaser into the dugout for an error putting the runners on second and third with no one out. Lehnen rebounded to strike out Casey Golden, induced a groundout to third from Sean Bouchard and then struck out Ramon Marcelino to end the threat and keep the game scoreless.

    The Dogs would break through against Tourist starter Nick Kennedy in the third inning. Ricardo Ferreira flared a ball to the opposite field in right that took a funny hop and bounced away from and past right fielder Marcelino into the right-field corner for a triple. Wilkerman Garcia then scorched a ground ball down the third base line for a double that scored Ferreira to give the Dogs a 1-0 lead. Oswaldo Cabrera then brought Garcia home with a single to right field that put things at 2-0 in favor of Charleston.

    In the fourth, the Dogs would tack on two more runs against Kennedy (L, 0-3). Leonardo Molina would reach on an error from shortstop Ryan Vilade who slipped and fell when he came up to throw. Eduardo Navas singled to right field to place Dogs at first and second. Pablo Olivares would double down the third base line to plate Molina and make it 3-0. On the play, Navas moved to third. Ricardo Ferreira then lofted a fly ball to left field that scored Navas and gave the Dogs a 4-0 cushion.

    Olivares went 3-for-4 with a run batted in while collecting two doubles for the RiverDogs.

    Lehnen (W, 2-1) would cruise through five innings allowing just two hits and striking out nine Tourists. Trieglaff came into relieve Lehnen in the sixth and pitched three innings, not allowing a hit and striking out two batters. Wivinis pitched a perfect ninth for the Dogs striking out the side. The RiverDogs pitching staff struck out 14 Tourists and allowed only two hits and didn’t walk a batter.

    With the win, the Dogs improve their record to 12-14 on the season while the Tourists drop to 8-16. The two teams wrap up their three-game set Thursday night at Joe Riley Park in Charleston.