ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Charleston RiverDogs trailed the Asheville Tourists by one run after four innings, but gave up six runs in the fifth and dropped the series opener, 10-6, Friday night at McCormick Field.
Asheville led 4-1 after the first three innings, but Charleston rallied back to cut the deficit to just one in the fourth. Vince Conde drew a one-out walk, Austin Aune followed with a double, and then Alexander Palma drove in Conde on a groundout. Ryan Lindemuth followed and reached on a throwing error by Shane Hoelscher, which allowed Aune to score.
After the successful fourth inning, the fifth turned into a nightmare for the RiverDogs. Asheville began the scoring when Hoelscher hit a double to plate Omar Carrizales. Run-scoring singles by Max White, Wes Rogers and Robbie Perkins pushed across four more Tourists runs. Emerson Jimenez capped off the inning with a sacrifice fly to left. Asheville batted around and sent 10 men to the plate in the fifth.
Charleston did not go quietly and added three more runs over the final three innings. Angel Aguilar drove in a run with a groundout to short in the seventh. Dustin Fowler hit his fourth home run of the season, second in as many nights, in the ninth, a two-run shot that made it over the 42-foot-high fence in right-center field. Fowler is now tied with Chris Breen for the team lead with four homers.
Justin Kamplain (1-8) exited the game before an out was made in the fifth. He allowed nine runs on 10 hits in his third loss in a row and team-high eighth loss of the season. The RiverDogs have been outscored by a total of 59-33 in Kamplain’s 12 starts and he has given up 14 runs on 20 hits in two starts against Asheville.
The RiverDogs continue their four-game series with the Asheville Tourists at 6:05 p.m. Saturday. Charleston will send RHP David Palladino (1-3, 2.59 ERA) to the mound against RHP Grahamm Wiest (1-0, 0.00 ERA) for the Tourists.