CHARLESTON, S.C. — Austin Aune hit a solo home run in the fifth and Vince Conde tallied a RBI single in the sixth to help lead the Charleston RiverDogs past the Asheville Tourists 3-2 in front of 4,678 fans Saturday night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
The RiverDogs (28-28) wasted no time getting on the board Saturday as Devyn Bolasky led off the inning with a walk, moved to second on a ground out by Jorge Mateo, and advanced to third on an Angel Aguilar fly out. Connor Spencer hit a fly ball into right-center field that bounced off the glove of the center fielder Wes Rogers, which allowed Bolasky to score.
Asheville (23-33) responded with two runs in the fourth. Rogers stepped in with two outs and runners on first and second against David Palladino. He hit a triple to deep center field that drove in both Max White and Josh Fuentes, giving the Tourists the 2-1 lead.
Aune connected for a no-doubter to right field against starter Ryan Castellani and tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the fifth. It was his second home run for the outfielder during this homestand.
Collin Slaybaugh hit a two-out double in the bottom of the sixth for his ninth hit in three games with Charelston and was in scoring position for Conde. The third baseman followed with an RBI single to give the RiverDogs a 3-2 lead. The knock extended his hitting streak to nine games.
Rony Bautista (3-1) pitched a season-high four scoreless innings in relief of Palladino to earn the win. He only allowed two hits and struck out a season-high six batters. Jerry Vasto (0-2) entered the game in the sixth and took the loss by giving up the third and final RiverDogs run.
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GAME HIGHLIGHTS: https://youtu.be/0W22KwjPZDI
BALLPARK FUN: The RiverDogs welcomed Girl Scouts from the Lowcountry. Local scouts played catch on the field before the game started. Fans were treated to a tribute to the movie Ghostbusters as a ghost was chased around the infield in between innings. After the game, many kids stuck around at the ballpark to run around the bases after the RiverDogs’ victory. They were greeted by infielder Ryan Lindemuth who was in front of the RiverDogs dugout signing autographs following the game.
COMING UP: The RiverDogs conclude their four-game series with the Asheville Tourists Sunday at 5:05 p.m. Charleston will send Jordan Foley (1-1, 2.52 ERA) to the mound against RHP Grahamm Wiest (0-0, 0.00 ERA) for 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.
There will be a very special surprise birthday party for Charlie T. RiverDog on Dog Day. But please keep this party a secret! Charlie will be celebrating with fans in attendance, all of his mascot friends from the Lowcountry, and Sir Purr from the Carolina Panthers who will be making a special surprise birthday party appearance! Bring your four-legged friends to the ballpark, as it is the final Dog Day of the season and a gift for Charlie to help us celebrate his BIG day! All presents will be donated to the Salvation Army, and fans that donate gifts will get into the game for free. The Bark for Your Brew Craft Beer Tasting begins before the game at 2 p.m. Bring your furry friend with you to sample over 30 different craft beers at The Joe. Every Sunday at The Joe is a Kids Club Sunday. Parking is free, and kids 12-under eat free. All members of the RiverDogs Kids Club receive free admission to every Family Sunday game. Be sure to grab your free Dentastix giveaway and other Pedigree items to bring home to your furry friend. The Inflatamaniacs will also be in attendance to entertain fans throughout Sunday’s game.