CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Charleston RiverDogs had a 5-3 lead through the first five innings, but fell 10-5 to the Asheville, thanks to a five-run sixth, Friday night in front of 5,352 fans at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
The RiverDogs (27-28) gave up two runs in the top of the first but cut the Asheville (23-32) lead in half in the bottom of the inning. Jorge Mateo and Angel Aguilar started the frame with singles, and then Connor Spencer drove in Mateo on a single of his own.
After an Asheville run in the third, Spencer drove in his second run of the game in the bottom of the third on another RBI single to left, which again drove in Mateo. After his two RBI night, Spencer leads the team with 23.
The RiverDogs’ offense kept rolling in the bottom of the fourth as Austin Aune hit a one-out single and Bo Thompson reached on a fielding error by the shortstop Emerson Jimenez. Vince Conde and Jorge Mateo hit back-to-back two-out singles, which plated three runs and gave Charleston a 5-3 lead.
However, the Tourists rallied back in the top of the sixth and sent all nine batters up to the plate. After two singles in a row by Max White and Wes Rogers, Dom Nunez drove in White with a single to right. Rogers crossed home on a sacrifice bunt by Luis Jean, and then Omar Carrizales belted a triple to deep center field to plate Nunez. An error by Spencer allowed Carrizales to score, and then Josh Fuentes hit an RBI single to cap off the scoring for Asheville.
The Tourists increased their lead to 10-5 on a two-run home run by Carrizales in the eighth, the first big fly of his career. The two teams combined for 27 hits in the slugfest, the most in a RiverDogs game this season.
Helmis Rodriguez (4-3) earned the win for Asheville and Justin Kamplain (1-7) took the loss for Charleston. Kamplain has now lost seven of his last 10 starts, and the RiverDogs have been outscored 49-27 in his 11 starts this season.
BOX SCORE: http://atmilb.com/1dkwH5Q
GAME HIGHLIGHTS: https://youtu.be/4RcljRo8VAc
BALLPARK FUN: The RiverDogs got psychedelic and paid tribute to the Grateful Dead. There were 60s-style scoreboard graphics, a Jerry Garcia look-a-like, and a video of the Grateful Dead singing the National Anthem at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. A large Friday night crowd of fans enjoyed fun activities around the ballpark like face-painting, balloon animals, mascot races, and ribbon dancing, but the little girl who won the disc golf game stole the show. The night concluded with postgame fireworks over the scenic Ashley River, thanks to Home Telecom.
COMING UP: The RiverDogs continue their four-game series with the Asheville Tourists Saturday at 6:05 p.m. Charleston will send RHP David Palladino (1-3, 2.45 ERA) to the mound against RHP Ryan Castellani (0-4, 3.18 ERA) of the Tourists. You can watch the game on MiLB.tv or listen to the action on “The Big Talker” 1250 WTMA, WTMA.com, and RiverDogs.com beginning at 5:35 p.m. with another installment of Saturday Dog Talk.
The RiverDogs welcome all the Catholic parishes in the Lowcountry as we celebrate Catholic Night at The Joe. The RiverDogs are paying tribute to the long Catholic history in Charleston. We are happy to have all our friends from James Island in attendance, as it is James Island Night at The Joe as well. The RiverDogs will also play host to the area’s Girl Scouts, who will have a special pregame catch on the field. It is Mars Petcare Weekend. Be sure to grab your free Dentastix giveaway and other Pedigree items to bring home to your furry friend. Ever dream of rounding third base and heading for home at The Joe? Saturday night is your chance to make that dream come true. Kids are able to run around the diamond every Saturday, with the Postgame Kids Run the Bases program presented by CPI Security Systems.