SAVANNAH — Aderlin Rodriguez swatted a walk-off home run in the 10th inning to break a scoreless tie and give the Savannah Sand Gants a 1-0 victory over the Charleston RiverDogs on Friday night in South Atlantic League baseball at Historic Grayson Stadium in front of a crowd of 1,796.
The RiverDogs (9-6 second half, 48-34 overall) and Sand Gnats (5-10, 46-36) were locked in a pitchers’ duel until extra innings when Rodriguez led off the bottom of the 10th with a home run — his 15th of the season — against reliever Mariel Checo (7-2), who had thrown a scoreless ninth inning.
T.J. Chism (2-2) struck out two in a perfect top of the 10th to earn the win.
Charleston starter Matt Bashore allowed just two hits and three walks to go with six strikeouts in six scoreless innings, while Savannah starter Michael Fulmer went seven innings, surrendering just two hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
Charleston’s Philip Wetherellfaced the minimum six batters over two innings of relief.
The RiverDogs, who finished with three singles, had their best chance to score in the sixth inning when Ben Gamel reached second on an error with one out, only to be stranded.
Charleston and Savannah will play a doubleheader today beginning at 5 p.m. The RiverDogs will start right-hander Will Oliver (3-3, 4.43 ERA) in the opener, while his opponent is to be determined. In Game 2, right-hander Brett Gerritse (1-3, 5.02) starts against left-hander Jim Fuller (1-1, 2.70).