The Charleston RiverDogs gave the Savannah Sand Gnats a scare in the ninth inning, but could not complete the sweep, falling, 4-2, in front of a crowd of 4,242 Sunday night at Riley Park.
The RiverDogs (12-6) plated two runs in the eighth to cut Savannah’s lead to 3-2. Devin Bolasky walked and Abiatal Avelino singled. Boalsky then scored on a wild pitch and Avelino scored on a sacrifice fly by Jorge Mateo.
Savannah (6-11) added an extra run of insurance in the ninth inning when Pedro Perez hit an RBI double to right, scoring Tomas Nido. Shane Bay worked around Eduardo de Oleo’s one-out base hit to close out the game and earn his first save of the season.
The Sand Gnats got on the board first with doubles by Pedro Perez and John Mora in the third inning. Jon Leroux blasted a two-run home run in the seventh to extend Savannah’s lead to 3-0.
Justin Kamplain (1-2) and Martires Arias (2-0) both went seven innings in their starts. Kamplain allowed three earned runs in the loss, while Arias held the RiverDogs scoreless to pick up the win.
Despite the loss, Charleston took three of four games in the homestand and looks to continue its road success in Asheville with a three-game series starting Tuesday. The RiverDogs went 5-2 on their first road trip of the season.
The ribbon-twirling contest and paddleboard races again stole the in-between innings show at The Joe. The Summerville High School Steel Drum Band performed at the front gate as fans and led in singing of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch. Charlie, Chelsea, hot dog and corn battled it out in a thrilling race that had fans up on their feet making noise all around the ballpark.
The RiverDogs begin a three-game road series Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. against the Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies affiliate). Charleston will send LHP Jordan Montgomery (2-1, 3.52 ERA) to the mound, while RHP Zach Jemiola (2-1, 3.00) will throw for Asheville. The game will be on the radio on WTMA 1250-AM or listen at WTMA.com or RiverDogs.com. Charleston returns home on Friday and will open a four-game series against the Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers affiliate).