Gerritse, two relievers keep Tourists in check

Brett Gerritse hurled five strong innings and got the win for the Charleston RiverDogs as they outpitched the Asheville Tourists, 2-1, in South Atlantic League baseball Thursday night in front of 4,476 at Riley Park.

The RiverDogs (52-36 overall, 13-8 in second half), who got a solo homer from Ben Gamel in the first and a tiebreaking RBI double by Robert Refsnyder in the fifth, can take three of four if they win today.

The Tourists (58-33, 11-10)took advantage of an error in the first for an unearned run on a sacrifice fly.

Gerritse (2-4) departed after five innings having allowed one unearned run on two hits with three walks and one strikeout.

Joel De La Cruz threw two innings of hitless ball with three strikeouts. Nick Goody closed out the game with a scoreless and hitless eighth and ninth for his second save of the season.

Ballpark fun

Many fans headed out to Shoeless Joe’s Hill with an ice cold one in hand to take advantage of The Joe being the only place in the Lowcountry to enjoy alcohol in the sand.

Coming up

Charleston sends right-hander Will Oliver (3-3, 4.43 ERA) to face right-hander Ben Alsup (9-4, 4.56 ERA).

General Dynamics Land Systems Force Protection Red Shirt Friday will give all fans wearing red to the ballpark $1 off their tickets. Ed Randall’s Bat for the Cure will be on hand raising awareness to help find a cure for prostate cancer. Aluminum pints will be $3 on a MillerCoors Aluminum Pint Nite, and Piggly Wiggly fireworks will follow the game.