Blaser, Stevenson lift Dogs

SAVANNAH — An RBI single by Tyson Blaser in the 13th inning gave the Charleston RiverDogs the lead and they went on to earn an 8-4 win over the Savannah Sand Gnats in South Atlantic League action on Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 805 at Historic Grayson Stadium.

Charleston (50-35, 11-7 second half) took three out of five from Savannah (47-38, 6-12) in the series.

The rally that won the game started with singles by Ali Castillo and Ben Gamel, which brought up Blaser, who knocked in the go-ahead run against pitcher Jared West (1-2). A second run scored later in the inning on an error, and Casey Stevenson added two more insurance runs with a two-run double to close out the scoring.

John Brebbia (3-0) threw three scoreless innings of relief to get the win and remain undefeated.

The RiverDogs wasted no time in getting on the board against starter Domingo Tapia. A walk and a one-out single put two men on in the first inning for Blaser, who lined a base hit back through the middle to score the game’s first run. The runners moved up when Tapia uncorked a wild pitch and Stevenson brought them both home with a single to left for an early 3-0 advantage.

One inning later, Cody Grice’s aggressive baserunning got Charleston another run. After reaching on a one-out single, Grice stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by the catcher. When Eduardo Sosa lifted a fly ball to left, Grice tagged up and scored.

Meanwhile, Savannah couldn’t touch RiverDogs starter Scottie Allen. The right-hander was nearly unhittable, as he retired the first 14 batters he faced before two singles and an error led to an unearned run.

He finished his outing by striking out the side in the fifth and left having allowed just two hits and that one unearned run. Allen totaled six strikeouts on the day and didn’t issue a walk.

After a day off today, the RiverDogs will be back at Riley Park on Tuesday, beginning an eight-game homestand with four against Asheville.