ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Charleston RiverDogs were able to overcome a 5-2 deficit after five innings and five combined errors in the final three frames to defeat the Asheville Tourists, 8-5, on Sunday afternoon in South Atlantic League action at McCormick Field.
A day after scoring eight runs in the ninth to steal a win, the RiverDogs (32-31 second half, 71-60 overall) used a more spread out approach this time.
After Asheville jumped ahead 3-0 in the second inning on an RBI double by Max White and a two-run homer by Derek Jones. The home run was the third of the series for the lefty Jones.
Charleston chipped away with single runs in the fourth and fifth innings on RBI singles by Jackson Valera and Jake Cave to cut the lead to 3-2.
RiverDogs starter Luis Niebla went four innings and gave up eight hits, three runs and three walks, while striking out two.
In the bottom of the fifth, Francisco Sosa homered off righty reliever Adam Smith, a solo shot, and then Zach Osborne knocked in David Bergin with a single to put Asheville back up, 5-2.
Charleston scored the final six runs of the game thanks to former College of Charleston star Daniel Aldrich’s second professional homer, and second long ball in as many days, a towering two-run blast to right field in the sixth inning.
Just one inning later, Charleston blew the game open on doubles by Jose Rosario and Greg Bird, a single by Reymond Nunez, and an opposite field two-run blast for Jackson Valera. They took an 8-5 lead and never looked back.
Valera turned in an impressive 3-for-4, three-RBI performance. Cave, Bird, Daniel and Nunez each added two hits.
Lefty James Pazos then earned his first save as a RiverDog by recording the final six outs and not allowing a run.
The RiverDogs begin a three- game series in Greenville against the Drive today with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.