RiverDogs halt their 3-game losing streak

Tyler Austin and Gary Sanchez belted home runs to lead the Charleston RiverDogs to a 14-5 thumping of Savannah in South Atlantic League action Wednesday afternoon in front of a standing room only crowd of 6,533 fans at Riley Park.

With the victory, the first-place RiverDogs snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 25-12 on the season, while the second-place Sand Gnats slipped to 24-14.

Charleston starter Caleb Cotham threw six innings, allowing two runs on three hits while striking out two.

Offensively, the RiverDogs had 16 hits, the second-highest total of the season, and every player in the lineup scored at least one run.

Sanchez paced Charleston with a three-run homer in the third and cleared the bases with a three-run double in the fourth as the RiverDogs blew the game wide open.

Wednesday was the annual Charleston County Education Day, where nearly 6,000 Lowcountry students attended the game. As part of the kids-oriented promotional activities, public address announcer Ken Carrington entertained the crowd with magic tricks while on the top of the dugout.

The RiverDogs open a five-game series against the Rome Braves today at 7:05. Right-hander Bryan Mitchell (2-1, 2.18 ERA) is expected to start for Charleston, while Rome counters with LHP Alex Panteliodis (3-1, 0.89 ERA).