The Charleston RiverDogs could not overcome an early 3-0 deficit and lost to Rome, 4-2, in the second game of the series Sunday at Riley Park.
The RiverDogs (4-7 second half, 38-43 overall) had their best chance to mount a comeback trailing 4-1 entering the bottom of the seventh. Alec Grosser replaced Rome starter Oriel Caicedo (3-3) and walked all three batters he faced, bringing the crowd of 3,172 to its feet. Carlos Salazar entered the game in relief and struck out Ryan Lindemuth and Derek Toadvine to end the rally.
With the bases loaded and two outs, a pitch bounced off the glove of the catcher Tanner Murphy and Angel Aguilar raced in to score. Collin Slaybaugh drew a walk to re-load the bases, but Salazar struck out Vince Conde to retire the side.
Charleston scored its first run on an RBI groundout by Lindemuth with the bases loaded in the fifth. The RiverDogs went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position despite having the bases loaded in the fifth and seventh innings.
Rome (5-5, 36-44) got on the board first for the second game in a row by plating three runs in the top of the third. Bryan De La Rosa led off the inning with a double to left, Stephen Gaylor walked, and Joseph Daris hit a bunt single to load the bases with no outs.
Ozhaino Albies knocked in the first Braves run with a single to right. Omar Obregon grounded into a fielder’s choice to score Gaylor. Jordan Edgerton followed with an RBI single to center.
Fans were treated to a pregame catch on the field. Shark Week kicked off Sunday and there were many shark references around the ballpark on Sunday. Fans enjoyed a ‘Fish Face’ camera where people made their best fish face on the video board. The shark mascot was seen frequently running around the ballpark entertaining members of the crowd.
The RiverDogs continue their four-game home series against Rome on Monday at 7:05 p.m. Charleston will send LHP Justin Kamplain (2-9, 4.86 ERA) to the mound against RHP Yean Carlos Gil (0-1, 6.94).
The RiverDogs will recognize first-team members of The Post and Courier’s All-Lowcountry high school baseball and softball teams prior to Monday’s game. The players will be honored on the field with the ceremony scheduled to begin at 6:40 p.m.