RiverDogs suffer fifth straight loss

Vianney Mayo threw six shutout innings as the Asheville Tourists handed the Charleston RiverDogs their fifth straight loss with a 4-1 victory in South Atlantic League baseball in front of 4,874 on Friday night at Riley Park.

The slumping RiverDogs fall to 56-46, 17-18 in the second half.

Mayo (4-4) gave up only three hits and two walks in six innings with three strikeouts for the Tourists (65-40, 18-17).

Matt Bashore (1-3) matched Mayo until the fifth, when the Tourists broke through for two runs. Asheville tacked on two more in the eighth.

The RiverDogs got a run in the ninth on an RBI double by Francisco Arcia and managed to bring the tying run to the plate, but Jefri Hernandez got Kelvin De Leon to ground out to shortstop for the final out.

Asheville manager Joe Mikulik took issue with a call in the first inning and was ejected, but before leaving presented the actual third base to a surprised fan in the front row. The Tourists skipper then took a bow and waved to the crowd before heading to the clubhouse.

Right-hander Brett Gerritse (3-5, 3.88 ERA) starts today against LHP Tyler Anderson (8-2, 2.70 ERA) at 7 p.m. The RiverDogs are holding the 13th Annual “Kindness Beats Blindness” RP Auction at The Joe, starting at 6 p.m. and ending in the sixth inning. All proceeds go to MUSC’s Storm Eye Institute. Today is Military Night, and tri-county residents can save $1 on tickets at the box office on Go Local Saturday. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a free Jorts Patch.