Charleston pounded out 15 runs on 16 hits — both season highs — in a 15-5 rout of Kannapolis on Saturday night in South Atlantic League baseball Saturday at Riley Park in front of 4,451 fans.
Eight of nine batters had a hit for the RiverDogs (12-10), with Greg Bird going 4 for 6 with three runs and two RBIs. Peter O’Brien had a three-run homer and a team-high five RBIs, Claudio Custodio was a homer shy of the cycle by going 3 for 4 and Reymond Nunez hit his first homer of the season, a mammoth two-run blast over the scoreboard in left field.
The Intimidators fell to 10-13.
Starting pitcher Rafael De Paula (1-2) picked up his first victory of the season. De Paula went five strong innings and gave up two runs on six hits and struck out six. De Paula leads the SAL with 39 strikeouts.
Kale Kiser went 2 for 4 with a solo homer and two runs scored for Kannapolis.
Around the ballpark the stands were filled with residents from North Charleston on North Charleston Night.
The third game of this four-game series is 5 p.m. today. Right-hander Gabe Encinas (3-0, 0.39 ERA) will be on the mound for Charleston against RHP Jake Cose (2-2, 3.60 ERA).