Charleson RiverDogs outfielder Jhalan Jackson feasted on Asheville pitching for the second night in a row and collected two RBIs on a pair of two out doubles as the RiverDogs overcame an early one-run deficit to clinch the three-game series with the Tourists in front of a crowd of 2,262 at Riley Park on Tuesday night.
The Tampa, Fla., native and the Yankees’ 7th-round selection last summer doubled in the sixth and eighth innings.
The Tourists jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third after applying pressure to the RiverDogs ace, Domingo Acevedo. Asheville second baseman Jonathon Piron led off the frame with a single to right before coming around to score on a sacrifice fly by the Tourists catcher Chris Rabago.
Acevedo pitched with runners aboard for much of his start, but logged a solid outing in his second start of the season. The righty out of Villa Los Almacigos, Dominican Republic struck out eight Tourist batters over his 62/3 innings while allowing one earned run on six hits with a pair of walks.
With the RiverDogs staff providing a solid start, it was Charleston’s offense that woke up in the sixth inning. Trey Amburgey doubled with one out and scored on Jackson’s first doubles. In the eighth, Jackson again scorched a double to right field with two out to give the RiverDogs their first lead at 2-1.
Andrew Schwaab picked up his first save and sent the heart of the Tourists order down 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth.
The RiverDogs welcomed fans through the gates at The Joe with their first “Take Me Out Tuesday” of the season presented by Harris Teeter and NASH FM, with pairs of baseball fans enjoying specialty 2-for-$20 meal and ticket deals at the gate and competing in tandem contests throughout the nights between inning promotions.
The RiverDogs wrap up their series with Asheville, the Class-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, in Game Three on Wednesday morning with the first pitch scheduled for 11:05 a.m. at The Joe. The RiverDogs welcome students of the Lowcountry in the first of two Education Days this season. The RiverDogs will send RHP Will Carter (0-0, 3.60) for his second start of the season while the Tourists counter with RHP Parker French (1-0, 0.00).