KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Three Charleston errors proved costly as Kannapolis scored three unearned runs to beat the RiverDogs, 4-2, and complete a four-game sweep at at CMC-NorthEast Stadium in South Atlantic League baseball.
Charleston (3-9 second half, 36-46 overall) grabbed an early 1-0 lead on a second-inning single by Gosuke Katoh, but James Dykstra allowed no further damage for the Intimidators (9-3, 38-41) over 72/3 innings.
Kannapolis also won the eight-game season series, 7-1.
Charleston scored the game's first run during the top of the second inning. Miguel Andujar led off with a single against Dykstra and advanced to second base on a groundout by Eduardo de Oleo. Katoh singled to bring in Andujar for a 1-0 RiverDogs lead.
In the third, Kannapolis had two runners thrown out at home plate before pushing across two runs for a 2-1 advantage. Carl Thomore and Nolan Earley were put out on fielder's choices for the first two outs of the frame. However, Christian Stringer reached due to an error that allowed Tyler Williams to score the tying run. The next batter, Trey Michalczewski, drove in Cleuluis Rondon with a go-ahead single off Charleston's Chaz Hebert (0-2) that put Kannapolis in front.
Another error helped the Intimidators increase their lead to 3-1 in the fourth inning. Jacob Morris got on base after a fielding error and went to third base during a Brett Austin single. Morris scored on a double play from Thomore.
Dykstra (6-6) struck out eight and stranded multiple runners in scoring position during the fourth and seventh innings. Dykstra left during the eighth after back-to-back two-out singles before Dylan Chavez finished a scoreless frame for him.
Michalczewski added an inside-the-park home run off Charleston's Brett Gerritse in the bottom of the eighth. Michalczewski raced around the bases after a high fly ball to right-center field, sliding in at home plate for his seventh home run of the year to put Kannapolis up 4-1.
During the ninth inning, Charleston managed just one run in a late comeback effort. John Murphy got into scoring position with a one-out double and scored after a two-out single by Tyler Wade to cut the deficit to 4-2. Chavez replied with a game-ending strikeout for his first professional save to seal the four-game sweep.
Charleston visits Savannah for a three-game series that starts on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m, featuring RiverDogs LHP Ian Clarkin (3-3, 3.08 ERA) and Sand Gnats RHP Robert Gsellman (6-3, 2.49). The next RiverDogs homestand at Riley Park will be Friday through Wednesday, July 9. Independence Day opens the homestand on an ISHPI Red Shirt Friday that ends with downtown Charleston's only Fourth of July fireworks display. Tickets may be purchased at the Riley Park Box Office, (843) 577-3647 or online at www.riverdogs.com. If fans cannot make it to the ballpark, they are encouraged to tune in to all the action on www.riverdogs.com and locally on WTMA 1250-AM.
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