CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Charleston RiverDogs’ offense found some life in the third inning to rally back from a two-run deficit, but it was held in check otherwise as the RiverDogs fell, 4-2, to the West Virginia at Appalachian Power Park on Friday night.
Charleston was held to just four hits by West Virginia starter Logan Sendelbach.
Trailing 2-0, Kane Sweeney got the RiverDogs’ offense going with a leadoff double before second baseman Chris Godinez followed with an infield single to put runners at the corners. A sacrifice bunt by Cesar Diaz moved the runners over and Ricardo Ferreira followed with a sac fly to right to put the RiverDogs on the board. On the next play, Gosuke Katoh cranked a triple to the right field corner to score Godinez and tie the game at 2.
In the fifth, West Virginia took command. Power catcher Christian Kelley sparked the outburst with an infield single with one out before scoring on an Alfredo Reyes double to left that gave West Virginia a 3-2 lead.
In the sixth, Logan Hill connected on a leadoff triple off RiverDogs starter Luis Cedeno (5-5). First baseman Carlos Munoz brought the runner home on a sacrifice fly to center and made it a 4-2.
Cedeno went 52/3 innings for Charleston, allowing four earned runs on eight hits with no walks and eight strikeouts to take the loss. Eddie Rivera was electric out of the bullpen in his RiverDogs debut. The Dominican righty punched out six batters and did not allow a hit in 21/3 innings to keep Charleston within striking distance.
West Virginia took the early lead off Cedeno in the bottom of the first. Casey Hughston singled to lead off the frame before a sac bunt by Logan Ratledge moved him over and a triple by Logan Hill brought him home to score. The Power made it 2-0 when designated hitter Daniel Arribas pounded a double to left.
The RiverDogs start a four-game series with the Hagerstown Suns, the Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, at Municipal Stadium. The RiverDogs will send RHP Anyelo Gomez (2-1, 2.83) in game one with the Suns starter to be announced. Charleston returns to The Joe for a four-game homestand from July 28-31 against Lexington.