Asheville pummels R'Dogs
Tourists 12, RiverDogs 6
Asheville, N.C. — Hector Gomez and Daniel Mayora drove in three runs apiece, leading the Asheville Tourists to a 12-6 South Atlantic League baseball victory over the Charleston RiverDogs at McCormick Field on Sunday.
Asheville (26-10) has 10 wins in its last 11 games to pull within a half-game of first-place Augusta, which lost 6-2 at Greenville on Sunday. The RiverDogs (20-17) have lost seven of their last nine.
Michael McKenry also homered for the Tourists, a solo blast to left in the second inning. Gomez hit a two-run shot to center in the third, his fourth homer of the year.
RiverDogs starter Angel Reyes allowed four runs in four innings on four hits — a double, a triple and two home runs. Garrett Patterson (1-2) took over in the fifth and was rocked for eight runs on seven hits in three innings. The pair combined to walk 10 Asheville batters, four of which led to runs.
Charleston led 6-4 entering the bottom of the sixth, when Patterson issued four-pitch walks to the first two batters. Geoff Strickland tied the game with a two-run double, Anthony Jackson put the Tourists ahead with an RBI single, and Gomez' sacrifice fly made it 8-6.
Mayora's third hit of the game, a two-run double in the seventh, capped Asheville's second consecutive four-run inning.
Jackson, the Tourists' leadoff hitter, scored four runs and reached base five times with a triple, two singles and two walks.
David Parker (1-0) allowed one unearned run in two innings to record the win after Asheville starter Andy Graham surrendered five runs on 11 hits in four-plus innings.
Every starter in Charleston's lineup had at least one hit, led by Brian Baisley with a two-run homer and a pair of singles. Baisley has nine hits in the RiverDogs' last three games, improving his batting average to .325.
Mitch Hilligoss, Seth Fortenberry, Chris Malec and Jose Gil each collected two of the RiverDogs' 15 hits. Hilligoss extended his league-best hitting streak to 20 games.
In tonight's 7:05 p.m. game, Charleston will pitch newcomer Ivan Nova, a 20-year old right-hander who joins the RiverDogs from extended spring training. Nova was 3-0 with a 2.72 ERA last season in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Southpaw Keith Weiser (6-0, 2.44 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for Asheville.