Alvarez, RiverDogs too much for Legends

Third baseman Mandy Alvarez lifted a home run and double to help push the Charleston RiverDogs, 3-1, over Lexington in front of a crowd of 4,366 at Riley Park on Friday night.

In the top of the second inning, the Legends (39-63, 14-19) struck first with an RBI single off the bat of Marten Gasparini. Brandon Dulin led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third off a double to left from Amalani Fukofuka. Gasparini singled on a sharp line drive to right field to take the 1-0 lead.

Charleston (58-44, 16-17) answered in the bottom of the third off of an Alvarez solo shot onto Fishburne Street, tying the game at 1-1.

Alvarez roped a standup double to left to drive in Alex Palma in the fifth inning for a 2-1 lead.

The RiverDogs scored again in the bottom half of the sixth on an RBI single from Palma. Kane Sweeney led off the inning on what appeared to be a home run, but base umpire Matt Carlyon called the sky-shot foul. Sweeney wasn’t dejected though, fighting through the at-bat and singling to left. After a one-out walk issued to Luis Torrens, Palma ripped a liner to left to drive in Sweeney for the third RiverDogs run of the night.

Charleston’s Anyelo Gomez (3-1) threw a solid six innings of two-hit, one-run baseball with two walks and three strikeouts.

The bullpen was sturdy once again as Cody Carroll threw two innings of relief with three strikeouts, and Greg Weissert picked up his second save.

It was Parrot Heads Friday night as Jimmy Buffett’s best hits provided the backdrop for another postgame fireworks spectacular.

It was also an ISHPI Red Shirt Friday, with the RiverDogs wearing specialty red uniforms to honor the armed forces. Fans who wore red saved a buck on their ticket purchase at the gate with the option to donate that dollar to the Wounded Warrior Corps.

The series continues Saturday night when the RiverDogs will throw out RHP Adonis Rosa (0-1, 5.40 ERA) to square off against RHP Emilio Ogando (5-9, 3.96). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.

Join in “With the Crowd” in a summer series of postgame showcases as the RiverDogs present Women in Sports Night in the latest edition of Saturdays Live at The Joe. Following the game, there will be the premiere of Fox’s new show “Pitch,” that follows the fictional story of the first woman to play in Major League Baseball. Stick around for postgame player autographs from the RiverDogs.