CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Charleston RiverDogs let an early lead slip away yet again as the Savannah Sand Gnats completed the four-game sweep with a 4-2 loss in Sunday evening’s series finale in front of 6,872 fans at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
The RiverDogs (15-28 overall, 49-64 overall) jumped in front 1-0 in the bottom of the second. Collin Slaybaugh doubled and scored on a two-out RBI single by Griff Gordon.
Savannah (25-17, 64-48) answered with two runs in the fourth to take the lead. Luis Guillorme reached base on a dropped third strike with one out and advanced to third on Wuilmer Becerra’s single. Eudor Garcia hit a ground-rule double, which drove in Guillorme, and Becerra scored on Michael Katz’s RBI single.
Charleston came back to tie the game 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth. Slaybaugh hit a two-out RBI single to plate Austin Aune and even the score, but it was the last run the RiverDogs scored in Sunday’s game.
The Sand Gnats took the lead back in the top of the fifth when Guillorme grounded into a double play with the bases loaded. They added a run of insurance in the eighth, when J.C. Rodriguez singled to right field with runners on the corners and two outs to score Garcia.
The RiverDogs sent the tying run to the plate in the ninth but failed to score. Angel Aguilar led off the frame with a double, but Christian Montgomery bounced back to retire the next three hitters to earn his first career save.
Josh Prevost (3-4) earned the win for the Sand Gnats in his first start back with Savannah after a short stint with the GCL Mets. Matt Marsh (1-4) only lasted pitched into the fifth, but took the loss for Charleston.
Sunday’s game marked the final game of the season series, which Savannah took 12-8. It also marks the last time the Sand Gnats and RiverDogs will square off in the South Atlantic League, as the Gnats become the Columbia Fireflies in 2016.
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GAME HIGHLIGHTS: https://youtu.be/G735wGraZ0M
BALLPARK FUN: Thousands of Boeing employees came out to the ballpark for Sunday’s Boeing Community Night at The Joe. Many fans from Daniel Island were also in attendance for Daniel Island Night. The first 1,000 kids to pass through the gates on Kids Club Sunday received free books courtesy of Boeing to congratulate all students from the Lowcountry who completed their summer reading. Following the game, many of the 6,872 fans in attendance stayed late to receive autographs from the entire RiverDogs team on the field.
COMING UP: The RiverDogs have an off day Monday and then begin a three-game series against Lexington starting Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Charleston will send RHP Joey Maher (3-4, 2.37 ERA) to the mound against RHP Scott Blewett (2-4, 4.60 ERA) for the Legends. You can watch the game on MiLB.tv or listen to the action on “The Big Talker” 1250 WTMA, WTMA.com, and RiverDogs.com.
Whether it is your first date or you have been together for decades, bring your special someone to Miller Lite Tuesday Date Night at The Joe, presented by NASH FM. Tuesday is also Third Wheel Date Night, so bring your special someone AND your best friend! On the main concourse, we will have our Miller Lite “Bro Zone” set up where bros can grab a beer, relax, play some cornhole and enjoy the game. For this Tuesday home game, any duo of fans will receive a special 2-for-$20 deal at the box office. The promotion includes two game tickets, two tacos, two fountain drinks, and one tray of nachos all for $20. Whether you have a significant other or just want to hang out with a friend, come to The Joe and enjoy Tuesday’s spectacular promotion. It is also Tennis Night at The Joe, where many groups of tennis players from around the Lowcountry will be enjoying an evening of fun at the ballpark. Lots of tennis-themed games and fan contests will be taking place throughout the night as we celebrate one of everyone’s favorite racquet sports.