Oh, Bird lead way as R’Dogs top Tourists

Danny Oh and Greg Bird had two hits apiece as Charleston rolled past Asheville, 5-2, in South Atlantic League play on Sunday in front of 3,627 fans at Riley Park.

The RiverDogs (35-23) are tied with Savannah for first place in the Southern Division with less than one week left in the first half of the season.

Charleston got on the board in the fifth inning. With runners on first and second and two outs, Oh doubled to left field and scored Jose Rosario. Taylor Dugas then plated Oh and Wes Wilson with a double down the right-field line to give the RiverDogs a 3-2 lead.

The RiverDogs added two big insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. After leading off the inning with a single, Oh went to second on a Cito Culver single and then scored on a Bird single. A wild pitch later allowed Culver to score.

Dietrich Enns entered the game in the seventh inning and shut the door on the Tourists, picking up his first save. In three innings, he allowed only one baserunner on a hit by pitch and had one strikeout.

RiverDogs players wore the throwback Negro League uniforms of the Newark Eagles, while the Tourists sported the throwback threads of the Homestead Grays.

Charleston travels to Greenville to take on the Drive for five games in four days. The first game of the series-opening doubleheader begins today at 4:30 p.m. It will be a continuation of a game that was rained out last week and will be followed by a seven-inning contest. RHP Luis Niebla (2-2, 6.85 ERA) will be on the mound for the RiverDogs and will face off against RHP Justin Haley (2-6, 4.64 ERA) in the first game. The pitchers for the second game will be RHP Brett Gerritse (5-3, 4.76 ERA) for the RiverDogs and LHP Cody Kukuk (2-6, 5.26 ERA) for the Drive.