The Charleston RiverDogs ended their forgettable road trip on a high note as they ended their season long seven game losing streak by outlasting the Savannah Sand Gnats 9-7 at Historic Grayson Stadium in Savannah in South Atlantic League action.
With the win, the RiverDogs improve to 23-23 in the second half and 62-52 overall. With the loss, Savannah falls to 23-19 in the second half and 66-45 overall.
Charleston got on the board first Wednesday evening on an RBI single by Cito Culver scoring Angelo Gumbs. Gumbs finished his night 1-for-5 at the plate with three runs scored and an RBI. On the same play, the RiverDogs also ran themselves out of the inning as Greg Bird tried going first to third on the single ending the top of the first.
Savannah then took it from there scoring a pair of runs in both the first and second innings to take a 4-1 lead.
Following a scoreless third, the RiverDogs offense came alive for two runs in the fourth inning, three in the fifth, and another three in the sixth. During that stretch Savannah added three runs of their own in the bottom half of the fifth inning but it wasn't enough to match Charleston's offensive output.
The RiverDogs offense struck for ten hits on the evening with three players recording multiple hits on the night. Cito Culver led all hitters as he went 3-for-5 with two RBI's on the evening. Greg Bird finished 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and two runs scored. Ty Afenir was the only other RiverDog to record multiple hits as he went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Charleston starter Daniel Camarena had a rough go of it, as the lefty lasted just 4.2 innings and allowed seven runs, four earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts. Picking up the victory was reliever Tyler Webb (2-1) who was solid in relief of starter Daniel Camarena. Webb went 2.1 innings in relief and allowed just one hit with three strikeouts. Lefty James Pazos relieved Tyler Webb in the eighth and sat the Sand Gnats down 1-2-3 all via strikeouts on just 10 pitches. Nailing down the save for the ninth time this season was righty Ben Paullus.
Offensively for the Sand Gnats, Brandon Nimmo led the way. The #5 prospect within the New York Mets organization according to MLB.com went 3-for-5 on the night with a double, two RBI's and a run scored.
Savannah starter Marcos Camarena struggled as he lasted just five innings and he allowed six runs, five earned on six hits with a strikeout and two walks. Taking the loss was reliever Tyler Vanderheiden (4-2) who tossed just one inning in relief and allowed three runs on two hits with a strikeout and a walk.
Charleston will now head back to the friendly confines of The Joe. The RiverDogs will host the Rome Braves for four days followed by the Lexington Legends for three games. Starters for both Rome and Charleston are TBD for Thursday's series opener. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and you can purchase tickets by visiting www.riverdogs.com. You may also listen to each and every game live locally on ESPN AM910 or online at www.riverdogs.com.