Charleston’s 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. He struck out seven while allowing six hits.
Charleston’s output in the third inning proved to be enough. Following a Danny Oh single and walks to Taylor Dugas and Greg Bird, Peter O’Brien 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’Brien 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.
The rubber match of this three-game series is at 5:05 p.m. today. Right-hander Vicente Campos (1-1, 4.21 ERA) will be on the mound for Charleston and will face off against RHP Shane Broyles (1-7, 7.44) for the Tourists.
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’s 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’s 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.