Miguel Andujar drove in six runs and also scored two runs while Ian Clarkin and Eric Ruth combined for a two-hit shutout during a 9-0 Charleston RiverDogs win over the Savannah Sand Gnats on Thursday night in front of 5,366 fans at Riley Park in South Atlantic League action. The six RBIs by Andujar is the best single-game total for a RiverDog this season.
Andujar blasted a grand slam to give Charleston (3-5, 36-42 overall) a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Savannah's John Gant had the bases loaded, two outs, and an 0-2 count when Andujar cleared the left field wall for a grand slam. It was his sixth home run for the RiverDogs.
The RiverDogs also scored a run in the fourth and fifth innings behind Clarkin's strong start. Gosuke Katoh singled in Andujar for a five-run edge in the fourth. During the fifth, Andujar plated Reymond Nunez with a single to put Charleston ahead, 6-0. Clarkin tied a career high with six innings pitched, allowing one base hit while striking out seven.
Charleston's three-run outburst in the seventh buried Savannah (4-4, 48-26) behind a 9-0 advantage. Mike Ford led off with a single before Nunez was hit by a pitch from Tyler Vanderheiden. Eduardo de Oleo doubled to drive in Ford for the first run of the inning. Groundouts by Andujar and John Murphy also brought in runs, scoring Nunez and de Oleo.
Charleston opens a seven-game road trip at Kannapolis on Friday at 7:05 p.m.
Stanley Feldman Night was celebrated, honoring a longtime friend of the RiverDogs who is a local attorney and a Charleston native. Other features were an appearance by Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, a Luis Suarez "Bite Cam" for a World Cup celebration and a postgame concert from Cane Creek String Band.
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