Tourists put away RiverDogs early

The Charleston RiverDogs gave up six runs across the first four innings against the Asheville Tourists before losing 7-3 Saturday night at McCormick Field.

The RiverDogs (29-33) have lost five of six games.

Asheville (29-33) sent eight batters to the plate in the bottom of the second and plated four runs. Luis Jean drove in the first run on a sacrifice bunt and Emerson Jimenez hit an RBI single two batters later. Omar Carrizales followed with a two-run double to increase the Tourists’ lead to 4-0.

After the four-run second inning, Charleston bounced back in the top of the third to cut the Tourists’ lead in half with three two-out hits. Ryan Lindemuth hit an infield single, Jorge Mateo laced an RBI triple to center and Dustin Fowler brought home Mateo with a base hit to right.

Asheville added another run in the third on an RBI double by Drew Weeks. Omar Carrizales hit his third home run of the season to extend their lead to 6-2 in the fourth.

David Palladino (1-4) took the loss for Charleston, giving up six runs on seven hits in five innings pitched.

The RiverDogs closed to within three with a run in the sixth when Fowler singled, stole second base and scored on Austin Aune’s line drive to right. Charleston threatened to score in the seventh with two on in scoring position, but Mateo hit a hard groundout to end the threat.

Asheville capped off the scoring with a run on a double play in the next half inning.

Grahamm Wiest (2-0) got his second win against Charleston and has a perfect record through his first two starts in the South Atlantic League. The RiverDogs have now lost their last three games against Asheville and still have five more games against the Tourists coming up in the first half of the season.

The RiverDogs continue their four-game series with the Asheville Tourists on Sunday at 2:05 p.m. Charleston will send LHP Conner Kendrick (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound for his first start as a RiverDog against RHP Carlos Polanco (2-6, 5.33) for the Tourists. You can listen to the action on WTMA 1250-AM, WTMA.com and RiverDogs.com.