LEXINGTON, Ky. — Dante Bichette Jr. broke a 4-4 tie with an RBI single in the ninth inning to give the Charleston RiverDogs a 5-4 triumph over the Lexington Legends in a South Atlantic League game on Sunday afternoon at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
The victory completed a four-game sweep by the RiverDogs (67-62, 28-34 second half). The Legends (67-64, 28-34) suffered their 11th straight loss.
The rally started with consecutive singles by Ben Gamel and Saxon Butler off relief pitcher Nathan Pettus (1-6). Bichette then followed with a third straight hit to score Gamel with what would prove to be the winning run. Fred Lewis (7-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth.
Lexington jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the second thanks to back-to-back homers by Teoscar Hernandez, his first, and Justin Gominski, his second.
Charleston crept to within two in the fourth on a Bichette RBI single. Two innings later, the Dogs scored three times to take the lead. Eduardo Sosa started by leading off the inning with his second homer of the year. Later in the inning, with two on and one out, Rob Refsnyder legged out an infield single to score Nick McCoy with the tying run. Cito Culver scored the go-ahead run one batter later on a fielder’s choice, and the RiverDogs had a 4-3 lead.
Lexington immediately tied the game in the bottom of the sixth, and the game stayed even until the ninth.
The RiverDogs begin their final homestand of the season Tuesday at Riley Park with a game against the West Virginia Power at 7 p.m.
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