SAVANNAH — Savannah starter Luis Cessa struck out 12 batters over eight innings as Savannah cruised to a 6-0 win over Charleston on Monday night in the South Atlantic League series opener at Historic Grayson Stadium.
The RiverDogs (22-22 second half, 61-51 overall) are now tied for fifth in the Southern Division standings.
Charleston got its first runner in scoring position in the seventh when Angelo Gumbs hit his 10th double of the season with one out to represent the tying run, but he was later picked off second. That was the closest the RiverDogs came to scoring a run all night. They never got a runner to third base safely in the game.
Ericson Leonora was 2 for 4 with two singles for the RiverDogs.
Charleston starter Eric Wooten (0-1) threw well in the spot start, allowing only one run on six hits, no walks and four strikeouts.
Paul Sewald came in for Savannah in the ninth and gave up a single to Cito Culver and a walk to Greg Bird before striking out the side to close out the victory for the Sand Gnats (22-18, 65-44).
The series continues Tuesday with a 7:05 p.m. start.
RHP Brett Gerritse (8-5, 3.88 ERA) will be on the mound for Charleston, and the Sand Gnats will start RHP Gabriel Ynoa (12-4, 2.95 ERA).