Former Clemson Tiger Brody Koerner tosses seven shutout innings as Citadel product James Reeves slams the door in the RiverDogs victory
CHARLESTON, SC- Former Clemson Tiger Brody Koerner went seven strong innings, Citadel product James Reeves pitched two clean frames, and Trey Amburgey bashed his first home run of the season as the Charleston RiverDogs blanked the Asheville Tourists, 4-0, in front of a crowd of 2,470 on hand at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park Monday night. Charleston improved to 4-1 on the season with the win as the Tourists fell to 1-4 to start out the season on the road.
After short starts taxed the RiverDogs bullpen in the first four games, Charleston’s tired arms turned to Koerner for relief to open the three-game set with Asheville. The right handed sinker baller pounded the strike zone, throwing 62 of his 75 pitches for strikes while getting nine Ks with no walks allowed over his seven innings of work.
Charleston took an early 1-0 lead in the second with a Kyle Holder RBI single that followed Jhalan Jackson’s double, all with two outs. It marked the first time in five games the RiverDogs drew first blood after leaning on ninth inning heroics in each of their first three wins of the season.
The RiverDogs provided more run support in the sixth to extend their lead to 4-0. Amburgey slugged his first long ball of the season to push the RiverDogs lead to two before Chris Gittens doubled to keep the pressure on the Tourist starter, Trey Killian. With nobody out, Charleston right fielder Jackson roped a single into left to drive in Gittens and give the RiverDogs a 3-0 lead. After a lineout by Holder and a groundout by Spencer, the former Arkansas Razorback Killian was chased after 93 pitches. RiverDogs outfielder Kendall Coleman jumped all over the first reliever out of the pen, Drasen Johnson, to extend the Charleston advantage to four. It was the first hit and first RBI for Coleman on the season.
Summerville native James Reeves took the reins for Charleston in the eighth and sent the Tourists down in order in his two innings of work in relief while notching three strikeouts.Koerner improved to 1-0 in his first start of the season as Killian picked up the loss in his first game for Asheville.
The RiverDogs welcomed Charleston fans and their canine friends to The Joe in the first Monday Dog Day of the season presented by Camp Bow Wow and Z93 Jamz. RiverDogs fans and their pups barked in approval as the club also highlighted a local nonprofit, the Greater Charleston Civitan Club as part of “Dogs With a Cause” in association with Blackbaud.
The RiverDogs continue their series with Asheville, the Class-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, in Game Two on Tuesday with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm at The Joe. The RiverDogs will celebrate a “Take Me Out Tuesday” with two-for-$20 meal and ticket deal for baseball fan duos. The RiverDogs will roll out their Opening Night ace RHP Domingo Acevedo (0-0, 7.36) for his second start of the season while the Tourists will send RHP David Hill (0-0, 3.00). For those that can’t make it out to the ballpark, the game can be heard on WTMA 1250 AM and online at riverdogs.com. Ticket information may be secured by contact the box office at (843)577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com.