SAVANNAH, GA – A pop fly lost in the lights led to
a double and the only run of the game as the Savannah Sand Gnats eked out a 1-0
win on Tuesday night over the Charleston RiverDogs at Historic Grayson Stadium
in South Atlantic League play.
With their seventh straight loss, the RiverDogs
fall to 22-23 in the second half and 61-52 overall. Savannah improves to 23-18
in the second half and 65-45 overall with the win. Charleston has yet to score a
run in this series.
Pitching dominated the game and it was scoreless
all the way until the bottom of the sixth inning. After facing just one over the
minimum in five scoreless frames, righty Brett Gerritse got the leadoff man in
the sixth Albert Cordero to hit a lazy fly ball to center. Charleston
centerfielder Jake Cave lost the ball in the lights and it landed for a double,
just Savannah's third hit of the night.
A sacrifice bunt moved the runner to third base,
and then with the infield drawn in, Jorge Rivero was able to push the ball past
a diving attempt by third baseman Ty Afenir and score Cordero to make it 1-0
Sand Gnats. That was the only run they would need.
The RiverDogs had a golden opportunity to score
first in the second inning, but they could not cash it in. After a single and an
error put runners at first and third bases with only one out, Reymond Nunez
grounded into an inning ending double play and stranded the man at third base.
Charleston never got closer despite out hitting the Sand Gnats 6-4.
Gabriel Ynoa threw 6.2 shutout innings for
Savannah and allowed only three hits plus collected five strikeouts en route to
his league leading 13th win of the year. He's now 13-4 this season.
Tim Peterson and Hunter Carnavale combined to toss 1.1 scoreless innings to
bridge the gap to the ninth when Beck Wheeler shut down the Dogs and collected
his 14th save of the year.
Gerritse got tagged with the very tough luck loss
to fall to 8-6. He gave up just one run on four hits, no walks, and six
strikeouts. Derek Varnadore threw two perfect innings of relief for the
Offensively, Ericson Leonora had another multi-hit
game for Charleston going 2-4. Wes Wilson, Ty Afenir, Jake Cave, and Cito Culver
each chipped in with singles as well.
The finale of this three game series in Savannah
is Wednesday night at 7:05. It will be a battle of the Camarena's with LHP
Daniel Camarena (3-6, 4.56 ERA) on the mound for Charleston and RHP Marcos
Camarena (5-1, 1.85 ERA) tossing the first pitch for Savannah.