CHARLESTON, SC – The Charleston RiverDogs were trailing 4-0 after three, but rallied back to score six runs over four straight innings, and held on in the ninth for a 6-5 victory over the Sand Gnats, Saturday night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
Savannah led 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth, but Austin Aune’s leadoff double to right field started a major RiverDogs (12-5) rally. Aune moved to third base on a wild pitch and scored on Jose Javier’s groundout to second. Then, Devyn Bolasky and Abiatal Avelino hit back-to-back singles. Two batters later, an error by the third baseman Pedro Perez cost Savannah two more runs as Avelino came home to score from second.
In the sixth, Aune hit his second double of the game, which drove in Alvaro Noriega to tie the game 5-5. The following inning, the RiverDogs took the lead for good when Dustin Fowler ripped a single to right-center field and plated Avelino.
Savannah (5-11) scored four of their five runs in the third inning, highlighted by a two-run John Mora triple, to jump out to an early 4-0 lead, keeping the 3,852 in attendance quiet before the RiverDogs comeback.
Cale Coshow shut the door on the Gnats for the second time this series. Savannah put two runners on third base in the inning but could not drive them in, leaving the tying-run stranded 90 feet away from home twice. Coshow worked out of the jam to retire the side and earn his South Atlantic League-leading fifth save of the season.
Caleb Frare (2-1) earned the win with 1.1 scoreless innings, while the Savannah starter Josh Prevost (0-3) lost his second straight start to Charleston.
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Game Highlights: http://bit.ly/1GvHQ0x
BALLPARK FUN: The Joe turned into “Toon Town” as several members of the Looney Toons joined Charlie, Chelsea, and Bark. Bugs Bunny threw out the first pitch and greeted fans along with Daffy Duck. Clips from the movie “Space Jam” played on the video board before the game. The first 1,000 fans through the gates received Bill Murray “Tune Squad” jerseys. Shoeless Joe’s Hill was once again packed with kids behind the RiverDogs bullpen and after the game, those same kids got to run around the bases.
COMING UP: The RiverDogs and Sand Gnats square off in the series finale Sunday at 5:05 p.m. The RiverDogs are slated to throw LHP Justin Kamplain (1-1, 3.60) and the Sand Gnats will counter with RHP Martires Arias (1-0, 3.60). You can catch the action on “The Big Talker” 1250 WTMA, WTMA.com, RiverDogs.com, and MiLB.tv.
Every Sunday at The Joe is a Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission Kids Club Sunday, presented by Y102.5. Parking is free, and kids 12-under eat free courtesy of Pepsi. They will receive a coupon for a hot dog, fountain drink and chips. The Summerville High School Steel Drum Band will be performing at the front gates of the park, greeting fans as they enter, and leading in the singing of ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch. Also, the Beach Jugglers will be performing between innings. Additionally, Sunday is Isle of Palms night at The Joe, which means we will be having fun with all our loyal RiverDogs fans from Isle of Palms. Stick around after the game to receive free autographs from all of your favorite RiverDogs players down on the field.