Extra-inning slugfest goes to RiverDogs

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (DOGS) - Pinch-hitter John Murphy drove in Gosuke Katoh with a two-out single in the 13th{}inning to send the Charleston RiverDogs to an 8-7 win over the Asheville Tourists in 13 innings on Saturday at McCormick Field in South Atlantic League action. The RiverDogs have won 16 of their last 19 games, improving to 19-16 in the second half and 51-53 overall with the win. The Tourists are now 27-9 and 68-37, respectively. This was Charleston's first 13-inning game since a 3-2 loss to Asheville on June 7, 2013. In the first inning, Asheville grabbed a quick 1-0 lead. Michael Benjamin collected a one-out single and stole second base. With two outs, Ryan McMahon doubled to score Benjamin. Charleston answered by taking a 2-1 lead in the top of the second. Katoh had runners on the corners and tied the contest with a sacrifice fly that plated Jackson Valera. Brandon Thomas followed with a double that was coupled with an error, which allowed Reymond Nunez to score. Asheville reclaimed the lead at 3-2 by scoring the next two runs. In the second, Dillon Thomas bounced a one-out double, stole third base, and scored on a Wilfredo Rodriguez sacrifice fly. During the third, Emerson Jimenez hit his first home run of the season for the go-ahead run. The RiverDogs scored the next five straight runs to build a 7-3 lead. Nunez and Katoh got into scoring position in the fourth and both scored due to a single from Mark Payton. Miguel Andujar opened a three-run fifth inning with a two-run blast, his ninth home run of the season. Michael O'Neill singled, stole second base, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on a wild pitch. Over the next three innings, the Tourists erased the deficit and tied the game at 7-7. Correlle Prime hit his 16th home run of the season in the fifth, which drove in two runs. In the seventh, Benjamin hit a leadoff triple and scored on a Jordan Patterson single. Later in the frame, Jose Briceno brought in Patterson with a groundout to help Asheville draw even. Both teams led off the ninth inning with singles but were held scoreless before the game went into extra innings. In Asheville's half of the ninth, Prime attempted to score on a two-out double by Briceno and was thrown out on a rally from O'Neill to Tyler Wade to Eduardo de Oleo. Max White's diving catch in the top of the 10th kept Charleston from scoring. O'Neill led off with a double and stayed at second after a fly out, a hit batsman, and a pop out. Thomas hit a line drive to right-center field, but White dove to make the game-saving, inning-ending catch. Charleston went ahead 8-7 on Murphy's key single in the 13th inning. Katoh doubled at the beginning of the frame and was at second base with two outs following a groundout by Payton. Murphy fouled off three straight 1-2 pitches before bouncing a single up the middle that scored Katoh. Asheville was retired in order in the last of the 13th to wrap up the contest. Giovanny Gallegos evened his record at 4-4 with a pair of scoreless innings. Dylan Stamey dropped to 1-3, giving up the winning run in his only inning of relief. COMING UP: Game two of this four-game series is set for 2:05pm on Sunday. Charleston LHP Ian Clarkin (3-3, 3.36 ERA) will pitch against Asheville RHP Antonio Senzatela (11-1, 3.50 ERA). The next RiverDogs homestand is scheduled for Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, August 3 against the Hagerstown Suns. Upcoming promotions include Gullah Heritage Night, Robert English's Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame enshrinement, Rainbows Day, and a postgame fireworks display. Tickets may be purchased at the Riley Park Box Office, (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or on-line at If fans cannot make it to the ballpark, they are encouraged to tune in to all the action this year both home and away worldwide on and locally on 1250 WTMA, the new radio home for RiverDogs baseball. Box Score: