KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - A second-inning solo home run from Miguel Andujar led the Charleston RiverDogs to a quick lead before the Kannapolis Intimidators answered with two big rallies on their way to a 7-3 win on Sunday at CMC-NorthEast Stadium in South Atlantic League action.
Andujar blasted the RiverDogs (3-8, 36-45 overall) to a 1-0 lead in the second inning. He lifted a 2-2 pitch from Intimidators left-hander Jeff McKenzie for a solo homer to left field. Andujar's home run was his seventh with the RiverDogs this year.
In the third inning, Kannapolis (8-3, 37-41) stormed ahead. With two runners on base and one out against Charleston's Rookie Davis, Danny Hayes doubled to bring in Hunter Jones for the tying run. After a walk loaded the bases, Brett Austin's sacrifice fly scored Cleuluis Rondon to take the lead. Another walk and a pitching change set the stage for Tyler Williams, who singled off Giovanny Gallegos and drove in Hayes and Jacob Morris for a three-run edge.
Charleston tagged Kannapolis reliever Matt Abramson for a run in the top of the sixth to cut the difference to 4-2. Dustin Fowler reached on a one-out single and advanced to second base on a wild pitch when Mike Ford was at the plate. Ford bounced into an error that allowed Fowler to come home.
Kannapolis answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, stretching the lead to 7-2.
Another one-run spurt in the seventh was all that the RiverDogs could muster in the final frames. Gosuke Katoh singled before Kale Sumner and John Murphy drew walks that loaded the bases. Katoh scored when Tyler Wade grounded into a double play. Wade finished the game 0 for 5 and had his team-best 19-game on-base streak snapped.
The finale of the four-game series is set for Monday at 7:05 p.m.
Charleston LHP Chaz Hebert (0-1, 6.89 ERA) will face Kannapolis RHP James Dykstra (5-6, 3.04 ERA).
The next RiverDogs homestand at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park begins on Friday, July 4 through Wednesday, July 9. Independence Day opens the homestand on an ISHPI Red Shirt Friday that will end with postgame fireworks.
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