Charleston Evan Rutckyj earned his sixth victory of the season and the RiverDogs scored all of their runs in the third inning in a 4 2 win over the Asheville Tourists in South Atlantic League baseball Saturday night at Riley Park in front of 4,882 fans.
The RiverDogs (34 23) remained in second place behind Savannah in the Southern Division standings and ahead of the Tourists (33 27).
Rutckyj (6 3) held the Tourists scoreless for the first six innings of the game before allowing two runs in 62/3 innings, the longest outing by a RiverDogs pitcher this season.cheap jerseys http://www.cheapnfljerseysonlinew.top He struck out seven while allowing six hits.
Charleston output in the third inning proved to be enough. Following a Danny Oh single and walks to Taylor Dugas and Greg Bird, Peter O hit a bases loaded two run double into the left field corner. With the bases again loaded, Jake Cave drove in Bird with a deep sacrifice fly. O then scored the fourth run on a Reymond Nunez groundball single to left.
Rutckyj was relieved in the inning by Derek Varnadore, who shut the door on the Tourists. Varnadore went 21/3 perfect innings, striking out two, to close the game and earn his second save.
Players will be wearing throwback jerseys in honor of Negro League Day. It will also be the fifth and final Dog Day of the year. Plus, it another Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission and Crews Subaru Kids Club Sunday presented by Y102.5. There will be free parking, members of the Kid Club will get in for free, and kids 12 and under will receive a coupon for a hot dog, a Pepsi, and a bag of chips.
RiverDogs drop fourth straight at home
Charleston dropped its fourth straight game as a late rally fell short in a 4 3 loss to the Greenville Drive on Sunday at Riley Park in front of 5,676.
With the RiverDogs (62 50, 20 23) railing 4 1 in the bottom of the seventh, Chris Gittens came off the bench and smashed an opposite field solo homer, his 18th of the season, to cut the lead to two. The RiverDogs would plate another in the eighth, but came up short.
After Mandy Alvarez was tossed from the ballgame arguing balls and strikes in the fourth, Gittens came off the bench to fill in as the designated hitter and homered off Greenville reliever Marc Brakeman. Gittens 18 homers puts him at second in the South Atlantic League, two shy of Lakewood Jose Pujols.
In the eighth, Ricardo Ferreira and Hoy Jun Park collected consecutive one out singles to put runners at first and third. After Kyle Holder popped out, Greenville went to its bullpen a second time, bringing in closer Trevor Kelley to record the four out save. Kelley first pitch was ripped by Jhalan Jackson, glancing off the Greenville hurler leg into right field to score Ferreira and make it a one run game. With Gittens back at the plate, Kelley sailed a pitch wide to the backstop. Park broke for home but was tagged out by Kelley covering the plate as Drive catcher Roldani Baldwin played it perfectly off the wall to throw out the Korean second baseman and the potential tying run.
The RiverDogs took a 1 0 lead in the first inning when Ferreira singled to lead off the frame and came around to score on Jackson sacrifice fly, his first of two RBIs on the evening.
In the third, Greenville (58 54, 21 22) answered back with a two run blast by Luis Alexander Basabe, his 11th of the season, to give the Drive a 2 1 lead.
In the seventh, Greenville made it 4 1 when a two out walk from Eddie Rivera scored on an RBI double by right fielder Tate Matheny.
RiverDogs starter Luis Cedeno (7 6) took the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts. Red Sox prospect Roniel Raudes went six innings, allowing one run on just three hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
The RiverDogs welcomed in families on a Holy City Sunday at The Joe on superhero night at the ballpark. The Paw Patrol was on hand pregame and kids got in free, ate free and were able to run the bases postgame.