RiverDogs, Tourists split doubleheader

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Gary Sanchez hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs as the Charleston RiverDogs took the first game of a doubleheader against the Asheville Tourists, 19-6, on Wednesday afternoon at McCormick Field.

In Game 2, the Tourists scored eight times in the fourth inning on their way to a 10-5 win.

With the split, Asheville is now 36-17 and maintains its 31/2 lead over Charleston (32-20) in the SAL Southern Division.

The first game was the resumption of the game that was suspended due to rain Tuesday night and picked up in the bottom of the third inning with Charleston leading 7-3.

The 19 runs the RiverDogs put up in the first game is the most they’ve scored in a game since May 21, 2008, when they scored 20, and the 21 hits they piled up is their highest output since they had 22 hits on June 16, 2010.

The RiverDogs now head to Greenville for a four-game series with the Drive on Thursday at 7:05 p.m.

Charleston will start right-hander Wilton Rodriguez (1-2, 7.29 ERA) against Greenville right-hander Jason Garcia (1-2, 6.10 ERA).