ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Chris Breen’s grand slam, two doubles and career-high seven runs batted in, along with Austin Aune’s three-run homer, double and four RBIs, led the surge in the Charleston RiverDogs’ 15-6 victory over Asheville on Monday night at McCormick Field.
The RiverDogs (31-33) scored five runs in the first inning. A two-run double by Breen and a three-run homer by Aune gave the RiverDogs the early advantage. Charleston added two more in the second on Angel Aguilar’s RBI single and another RBI double by Breen.
Asheville (29-35) responded with five runs of their own over the next two frames. Sean Dwyer hit a two-run double in the second, and Josh Fuentes blasted a two-run homer in the third to cut Charleston’s lead to 7-5.
After a scoreless fourth, the RiverDogs had its second five-run inning of the game as eight batters came up once again in the fifth. Devyn Bolasky hit an RBI single with the bases loaded and nobody out to increase the lead to 8-5. After two consecutive strikeouts by Jorge Mateo and Aguilar, Breen stepped back into the box and slugged a grand slam over the fence in center field.
Shane Hoelscher hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth for Asheville, but it was the last run it scored in the game. The RiverDogs piled on three more over the next two innings on a sixth inning RBI triple by Ryan Lindemuth, Aune’s RBI double and an Alexander Palma RBI single.
Matt Wotherspoon (1-0) picked up his first win.
The RiverDogs open a three-game series with West Virginia at Riley Park on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.
Charleston will send LHP Rony Bautista (3-1, 2.72 ERA) to the mound against RHP Alex McRae (3-4, 4.27 ERA) for the Power.