Runs have been hard to come by of late for the Charleston RiverDogs.
Three Greenville pitchers combined to hold them to two runs on seven hits and the Drive won its third straight South Atlantic League game over Charleston, 9-2, Tuesday at Riley Park.
"You're never happy when you lose and especially when you lose three in a row," said RiverDogs manager Torre Tyson. "We've got to be better than this. We're not playing good baseball right now and we're not playing up to our capabilities. We're going to get better."
Charleston (13-13) opened the series with a 2-0 victory over Greenville (15-11) on Saturday, but the Drive won, 9-0, on Sunday and 4-2 on Monday.
The RiverDogs have totaled 13 hits over the last three games.
In Tuesday's game, Charleston hitters struck out 12 times and hit into three double plays.
"We're leading the league in strikeouts, so that's no surprise," Tyson said. "We've got to get better and I think some guys are getting better with their two-strike approach. That's something that needs to improve as well."
Even so, Charleston only trailed 3-1 until Greenville blew the game open with six runs in the eighth.
Andrew Brackman (0-4) started on the mound for the RiverDogs and lasted four innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on two hits. Brackman walked three and struck out three.
"Just because a pitcher starts the season with four losses doesn't mean he's not pitching well at times," Tyson said. "He's definitely not consistent. We need more out of him, for sure, but we're playing defense behind him and we're not scoring runs behind him."
Tuesday's game was Education Day, and 3,359 children from 35 Charleston-area schools got to take a break from their studies for a field trip to Riley Park. Foam finger sales were up. Beer sales were down.
Charleston begins a four-game home series against Asheville at 7:05 tonight. Dan Huston (0-1, 4.41 ERA) is the projected starter for Asheville, while the RiverDogs' expected starter is D.J. Mitchell (4-0, 2.10).
E—Tejeda, Lassiter, Brackman. DP—Gville 3, Chas 1. LOB—Gville 8, Chas 8. 2B—Almanzar, Federowicz, Grote, Adams. SF—Tejeda, Gentile. SB—Hissey 2, Gentile, Mailman, Kruml, Ibarra. CS—Gentile.
WP—Brackman 3. Time—3:08. Att—4,967.
RIVERDOGS VS. ASHEVILLE TOURISTS
Teams/affiliates: Charleston RiverDogs (New York Yankees) vs. Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies)
When: Tonight, 8 p.m.; Thursday, 7:05 p.m.; Friday, 7:05 p.m.; Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
Where: Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park
Tickets: $5-$12, 577-DOGS
Radio: WTMZ 910-AM.
Promotions: Tonight — All You Can Eat Wild Wednesday ($20 extra gets you unlimited food), Talk Like Arnold From Cah-LEE-Forn-Yah Night, Citadel doubleheader (one admission price for both games). Thursday night — Thirsty Thursday ($1 beer at the Ashley View Pub), Midget Wrestling Night sponsored by 95SX, RiverDogs 1K race. Friday night — Post-game fireworks show, Force Protection Red Shirt Friday (wear a red shirt and get $1 off a ticket), Boy Scout Night. Saturday night — Salute to the Slinky Giveaway Night (first 1,000 fans) sponsored by WTAT Fox 24.
Players to watch: Left-hander Christian Friedrich is rated by Baseball America as the second-best pitching prospect in the Rockies' farm system. The former Eastern Kentucky University player is off to a great start with 35 strikeouts and six walks while going 2-1. Friedrich was not drafted out of high school but was the 25th overall pick last June.