The Charleston RiverDogs used timely hitting, good defense and solid pitching to sweep the Lexington Legends in a doubleheader Thursday night at Riley Park in front of 3,119 fans.
Ericson Leonora’s solo homer gave Charleston a 1-0 win in Game 1, and the RiverDogs took the nightcap, 8-4, in a rain-shortened game to complete the series sweep.
Charleston advanced to 27-26 in the second half and 66-55 overall. Lexington fell to 30-23 and 63-58.
In the first game, Charleston’s Daniel Camarena (4-6) threw five shutout innings and allowed only two hits.
Game 2 was a different story, with both offenses awakening from their respective slumbers.
Charleston struck first for three runs in the first inning on an RBI double by Dante Bichette Jr. and a two-out, two-RBI single by Reymond Nunez, who finished with three RBIs in the game.
Luis Severino (1-1) got the start for Charleston and gave up three runs on four hits without a walk. He also struck out a season-high nine batters.
The rain started to pour in the bottom of the sixth, and eventually the game was called.
Greg Bird finished the game with a double and two walks, and he drove in a run for Charleston. Ty Afenir and Jake Cave each chipped in two base hits.
The RiverDogs head to Rome, Ga., to face the Braves for a four-game series that starts Friday at 7 p.m.
Charleston will start LHP Evan Ructkyj (9-8, 4.80 ERA), while Rome counters with RHP Wes Parsons (5-6, 2.75 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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