ASHEVILLE-- The Asheville Tourists put together their biggest inning of the 2017 season on Thursday night, a ten-run third, to beat the Charleston RiverDogs 13-9. The 13 runs scored matched a single game season high. With the win the Tourists also took the series from the RiverDogs two games to one.
Charleston rallied for a pair of runs in the top of the second but Asheville countered with three in the bottom half. Jacob Bosiokovic connected with a two run single and Carlos Herrera knocked in the third run of the inning on a groundout.
In the next inning, the RiverDogs used a three-run Home Run by Brandon Wagner to recapture the lead at 5-3. Asheville's entire dugout was displeased with the lack of strikes being called prior to the blast. Pitching coach Ryan Kibler made sure his opinion was heard and received an early exit via an ejection.
Following the argument, the Tourists caught fire. Asheville scored ten runs in the bottom of the third to take a 13-5 lead. Max George and Manny Melendez each hit two-run singles; Joel Diaz hit a three-run double; Herrera added an RBI single; Bobby Wernes clubbed an RBI double; and George added a sacrifice fly for good measure.
The pitching staff also responded to Kibler. Antonio Santos fired three straight shutout innings and Julian Fernandez followed with a one, two, three seventh. Charleston managed to plate two runs in both the eighth and ninth innings but the Tourists had the game well in hand.
Next up for Asheville is a four-game series against the Augusta GreenJackets. Game one will take place in Augusta on Friday night.
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