RiverDogs drop 2nd in row to Sand Gnats

The Savannah Sand Gnats topped the Charleston RiverDogs, 4-3, thanks to a close play in the ninth inning Tuesday in front of 2,562 at Riley Park.

It was the second straight win for Savannah (24-13) over the RiverDogs (24-12), and brings the Sand Gnats within a half game of first place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division.

In the bottom of the ninth, the RiverDogs’ Mason Williams was called out at first base on a very close play to end the game before the tying run could score. Charleston had scored two runs in the inning to pull within one, but fell short.

Savannah pitcher T.J. Chism, who just beat Williams to first for the final out of the game, picked up his third save.

Savannah got what proved to be the winning runs of the game in the top of the ninth when they scored twice to extend their lead to 4-1.

The RiverDogs scored in the third when Kelvin De Leon walked, moved to third base on an error and scored on a single by Cito Culver.

There was an epic jousting battle on the field. Red and Blue revived their classic rivalry by battling to a draw. The battle will continue tomorrow at The Joe.

The RiverDogs and Sand Gnats play the series finale at 11 a.m. today with Charleston’s RHP Caleb Cotham (2-1, 2.18 ERA) facing left-hander Alex Panteliodis (3-1, 0.89 ERA). Many of the city’s youth will be in attendance for Charleston County Education Day.