Garcia Belts Two-Run Homer as Dogs Even Series with Augusta

VIDEO: RiverDogs even series with Augusta with 5-1 win

CHARLESTON, SC - Reiver Sanmartin delivered six innings of one-run baseball and got all the help he needed, including a seventh-inning, two-run insurance home run from Dermis Garcia, as the Charleston RiverDogs defeated the Augusta GreenJackets, 5-1, in front of 3,055 at Riley Park on Tuesday night.

Sanmartin (1-3) suffered losses in each of his first three starts with the RiverDogs (48-50, 15-15), but managed his first win by allowing just four hits and striking out five GreenJackets (50-50, 14-18) in his six frames. The Colombian southpaw did not walk a batter in his outing and has issued just three free passes in 20 2/3 innings with Charleston.

The 22-year-old's six innings gave RiverDogs starters back-to-back games with six innings or more after teenager Roansy Contreras dealt six one-run innings in Monday's series opener. Charleston starters had previously failed to go five innings in nine of 11 games.

Right-hander Daniel Ramos followed Sanmartin's effort with three shutout innings, claiming his first save while striking out four and surrendering no walks. Between the two Dogs pitchers, they held Augusta to a 0-for-7 mark with runners in scoring position.

The RiverDogs took the lead in the opening inning on a two-run double from third baseman Oswaldo Cabrera, scoring right fielder Carlos Vidal and shortstop Wilkerman Garcia. Garcia finished with a pair of runs and helped Charleston added a run in the fourth on an error by Augusta starting pitcher Garrett Cave (5-6). Garcia bounced a grounder back to Cave who couldn't field the chopper cleanly, allowing Garcia to reach and left fielder Mitchell Hansen to score with two outs.

Augusta scored its lone run in the seventh, but Dermis Garcia got the run back and more with his two-run blast over the left center field wall off Stetson Woods. Wilkerman Garcia also scored on Dermis Garcia's 10th long ball of the season.

With the victory, Charleston avoided its third consecutive loss but has dropped 11 of its last 14 contests. The four-run victory was the RiverDogs' largest margin of victory since defeated Greenville, 6-2, on July 2.

Ballpark Fun

The RiverDogs celebrated the local scene as they showed off the Lowcountry to their newest neighbors in South Carolina, the GreenJackets, on another Live & Local Tuesday at The Joe presented by 105.5 The Bridge. The Charlestonian evening featured a local farmer's market on the concourse, live music, and restaurant pop-up Braised in the South.


The Dogs continue the series with Augusta on Wednesday night as they suit up in their throwback uniforms for a 7:05 first pitch on a Way Back Wednesday presented by Kirkman Broadcasting. It's also a Military Appreciation Night presented by Bank of America, meaning all current or retired military members can receive up to four complementary tickets at the box office. Right-hander Deivi Garcia (1-3, 3.77), the Yankees' No. 9 prospect in the organization, gets the ball for Charleston. The 19-year-old will be opposed by Jackets righty John Gavin (5-3, 1.83). Wednesday's contest can be tuned into on "The Big Talker" 1250 WTMA with audio streaming live at and the RiverDogs' TuneIn radio station.