The Charleston RiverDogs carried a 2-0 lead into the final inning before the Rome Braves came from behind for a 3-2 victory Saturday night in front of 3,264 fans at Joe Riley Park in the first game of a doubleheader. The result of the second game was unavailable at press time.
The RiverDogs dropped to 7-8, while the Braves moved to 6-10.
The RiverDogs opened Game 1 with the first two runs. In the second inning, Brandon Thomas was hit by a pitch and later scored from third base on a wild pitch. Charleston's lead grew to 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth when Kale Sumner hit a solo home run in his RiverDogs debut.
Charleston's Caleb Smith remained solid at The Joe with another shutout start at home. Smith allowed two hits in a season-high 51/3 scoreless innings pitched while striking out six, also a new personal best this year.
The Braves came from behind to win the opener after a rally in the seventh and final inning. Blake Brown put the Braves on the scoreboard with a single that scored Victor Reyes. Brown tied the game at 2, scoring from second base on a strikeout coupled with a wild pitch. A throwing error allowed Mikey Reynolds to score for the winning run.
Rome's Yean Carlos Gil kept the RiverDogs scoreless for the final 22/3 innings and improved to 2-0 this season. Philip Walby suffered the loss, falling to 0-1 after allowing Rome's three-run rally in the seventh.
The RiverDogs will visit the Lakewood BlueClaws at FirstEnergy Park on April 21 at 6:35 p.m. Charleston RHP Luis Severino (0-1, 3.24 ERA) will pitch against Lakewood RHP Mark Leiter Jr. (2-1, 3.00 ERA) in the opener of a seven-game RiverDogs road trip.
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