COLUMBIA, S.C. - The Charleston RiverDogs got a robust performance from its pitching staff, with Reiver Sanmartin leading the way, but suffered a 2-1 defeat in their Monday series finale against the Columbia Fireflies at Spirit Communications Park.
The Colombian southpaw threw five innings, allowing just two runs (one earned) on a pair of Fireflies (42-43, 8-10) hits. A two-out RiverDogs (45-40, 12-5) error gave Columbia its second run off Sanmartin (0-2) which proved to be the difference-maker.
Left-hander Anderson Severino threw a pair of scoreless innings in relief before Braden Bristo dealt the bottom of the eighth, leaving a pair of runners in scoring position.
Columbia got an impressive pitching performance of its own, with Chris Viall (3-5) striking out seven in six innings of one-run baseball. Darwin Ramos followed up Viall's start with three shutout innings, stranding the tying and go-ahead runs on the bases to end the game.
The Dogs got their lone run in the sixth inning when third baseman Chris Hess ripped a two-out RBI single to right field, plating catcher Jason Lopez who doubled. Hess finished the series 5-for-13 with a pair of doubles and four RBI.
Five of Charleston's eight hits went for extra bases, including a leadoff double from outfielder Frederick Cuevas, who rejoined the club on Monday for the first time since early April with Pablo Olivares hitting the seven-day disabled list.
With Monday's result, Charleston had a season-best four-game winning streak snapped as well as a six-game streak against Columbia going back to May 31st. Columbia salvaged a victory in their six-game homestand after getting swept by Greenville.
Monday's loss marked the 39th one-run game of the Holy City's season, contests which the RiverDogs have gone 18-21. Charleston falls to 8-11 on the road in single-tally differentials.
The RiverDogs have Tuesday off before starting a seven-game homestand which will first lure the Delmarva Shorebirds to Riley Park. 19-year-old right-hander Deivi Garcia (1-2, 3.60) will get the start on a Way Back Wednesday that will welcome former Charleston RiverDog and Major League reliever Dan Wheeler in conjunction with "Bullpenning Night." The RiverDogs will honor Wheeler and all innings-eaters who have taken on an extended role in the modern game.
Wednesday's contest will be broadcast on "The Big Talker" WTMA 1250 AM with audio streaming live at riverdogs.com and the RiverDogs' TuneIn radio station, with live video available on MiLB.tv.
RiverDogs single-game tickets, including options to the Riley Park Club, are now available for the 2018 campaign, the club's 25th season as the RiverDogs and their "175th season in dog years." Ticket information can be secured by contacting the box office at (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com/tickets.
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