SAVANNAH — The Charleston RiverDogs batted around and scored seven runs in the top of the sixth inning to come back and take an 8-3 lead when Sunday’s game against the Savannah Sand Gnats was suspended due to heavy rain at Historic Grayson Stadium.
The teams will resume the suspended game Thursday at Riley Park beginning at 6:05 p.m. The regularly scheduled nine-inning game will follow 30-40 minutes after the completion of the suspended game. Charleston trailed 3-1 entering the sixth. Dustin Fowler led off the inning with a double to right field. Two batters later, Allen Valerio hit a double later to bring Fowler home and started a chain of four straight RBI hits. Austin Aune followed with a single to score Valerio, Alvaro Noriega doubled home Aune, and Brandon Thomas ripped a single to right to plate Noriega.
The RiverDogs weren’t finished, though. With the bases loaded and two outs, Fowler walked, Connor Spencer was hit by a pitch and Valerio walked to score three additional runs.
There were two outs in the top of the sixth inning when the game was suspended with Charleston leading 8-3.
Savannah scored the first two runs of the game in the second inning. Wuilmer Becerra singled home Stefan Sabol with nobody out, and Tomas Nido scored from third base on a throwing error by Charleston’s catcher Noriega.
The RiverDogs struck back with a run in the third inning on an RBI groundout by Abiatal Avelino. Savannah tallied its third run on John Mora’s RBI single to center.
For the second start in a row, Jordan Foley faced adversity early but was able to limit the damage. Foley completed five innings and only allowed two earned runs on four hits when the game was suspended.
The RiverDogs continue their seven-game Georgia road trip in Augusta, facing the GreenJackets for the second time this season. The first game of the series begins Monday at 7 p.m. RHP Joey Maher (0-0, 0.00 ERA) gets the start for Charleston and will face off against Augusta’s RHP Sam Coonrod (0-0, 0.00). The game can be heard at WTMA 1250-AM. The game can also be heard on WTMA.com, RiverDogs.com or watched on MiLB.TV.