The Charleston RiverDogs came out flat in Saturday night’s game, held to just two hits in a 6-1 loss to Lexington in front of a crowd of 4,071 at Riley Park in South Atlantic League baseball.
Legends starter Emilio Ogando (6-9) was solid in his 62/3 innings, relenting just one hit while walking two and striking out six.
Lexington (40-63 overall, 15-19 second half) jumped on Charleston (58-45, 16-18) early against RiverDogs starter Adonis Rosa (0-2). In the top of the second, Lexington sent seven batters to the plate and scored two. Brandon Dulin led off the inning with a single to left and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Amalani Fukofuka. On the play, RiverDogs catcher Luis Torrens fielded the ball but threw it into right field. On the ensuing play, Colton Frabasilio flew out to center for the sacrifice fly. Fukofuka then scored the second run of the inning after a passed ball from Torrens.
The Legends kept the runs coming, scoring two more in the fourth. Ben Johnson doubled, then was followed by an infield single from Jecksson Flores to put runners on the corners. With D.J. Burt at the plate, Torrens threw behind Johnson at third, but was off the mark, sending the ball into left to allow the run to score. Burt then singled and drove in Flores to make it 4-0.
Lexington tacked on two more runs with one in the sixth and seventh. In the seventh, Frabasilio’s solo home run made it 6-0.
Charleston finally scored in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI from Nathan Mikolas. In his 2016 debut with the RiverDogs, Vicente Conde got on with a leadoff triple before scoring off of Mikolas’ sacrifice fly out to left.
Fans joined in “With the Crowd” in a summer series of postgame showcases as the RiverDogs presented Women in Sports Night in the latest edition of Saturdays Live at The Joe. Following the game, there was the premiere of Fox’s new show “Pitch,” that follows the fictional story of the first woman to play in Major League Baseball. Fans stuck around for postgame player autographs from the RiverDogs. It was also Mount Pleasant Community night at the ballpark presented by Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum.
The RiverDogs host the Legends on Sunday as Charleston looks to secure the series win. The Riverdogs will throw out RHP Christian Morris (6-5, 3.32 ERA), who squares off against RHP Scott Blewett (6-9, 4.45). The RiverDogs will wear specialty uniforms that proudly display the “Holy City” namesake across their pinstriped tops with the ‘HC’ emblem on the caps. It’s also a Kids Club Sunday where all Kids Club members get in free. Sunday features free parking, and Lowcountry youth eat free and can enjoy pregame catch on the field.
For ticket information, call 843-577-3647 or go online at riverdogs.com. Listen to the game on WTMA 1250-AM.