Outfielder David Dahl, the Rockies' No. 3 prospect, reached base three times and drove in a run Thursday, helping Class A Asheville defeat Hagerstown, 4-1, in Game 3 of the South Atlantic League championship series. The Tourists are now one victory away from clinching the best-of-five series and winning their second title in three years.
Dahl, ranked No. 41 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, went 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk and an RBI.
Dahl began the season with Asheville and earned a promotion to Class A Advanced Modesto in July, before returning to Asheville just in time for the playoffs. In seven games since returning to the Tourists, the 20-year-old is hitting .433 with seven runs and three RBIs.
Thursday, the Tourists combined for 12 hits, led by shortstop Emerson Jimenez, who went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Outfielder Jordan Patterson added a two-run home run.
Asheville gave right-hander Zach Jemiola more than enough run support. The 20-year-old held Hagerstown to one run on six hits in 8 1/3 innings. He struck out five batters and walked none, before left-hander Trent Daniel got the final two outs to earn his second save of the playoffs.
Asheville will have a chance to win the South Atlantic League title Friday, in Game 4 in Hagerstown, Md. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. MT. Game 5, if necessary, would be played Saturday at Hagerstown at 5:05 p.m.
Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.