Christian Morris had another solid outing, with offensive help from Gosuke Katoh, to push the Charleston RiverDogs over Lexington, 3-1, and seal another series win in front of a crowd of 4,017 at Riley Park on Sunday.
Katoh broke a scoreless stalemate in the bottom of the fourth inning with a two-run double to left. With one out, Kane Sweeney drew a walk and Audie Afenir doubled down the left-field line. Katoh followed with his double to left but was thrown out at third trying to advance on the play.
Lexington (40-64, 15-20) struck back with a run in the sixth off an RBI double from D.J. Burt. With two outs, Jecksson Flores got on with a single to center before Burt drove in the first run for the Legends.
Morris (7-2) nabbed another victory after tossing six innings, giving up a run on three hits with three strikeouts. Until the single from Flores, Morris had retired 16 straight batters.
The RiverDogs (59-45, 17-18) answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single from Afenir to make it 3-1. Jhalan Jackson cranked a one-out double to left to set up Afenir’s single to right, driving home Jackson.
Lexington threatened in the ninth with runners on first and second with no outs, but Charleston closer Greg Weissert was able to get Ben Johnson to roll into a 6-4-3 double play before striking out Tanner Stanley to end the game. Weissert picked up his third save and has not allowed a run in his first 112/3 innings as a professional, 51/3 in four appearances with the RiverDogs.
The club wore specialty uniforms that displayed the “Holy City” namesake across its pinstriped tops with the “HC” emblem on the caps. It was also a Kid’s Club Sunday, when all Kid’s Club members get in free. Sunday featured free parking while youth ate free and enjoyed pregame catch on the field.
The RiverDogs open a three-game road series at Kannapolis on Monday night.
Charleston will throw out RHP Daris Vargas (7-5, 3.36 ERA) against Intimidators RHP Max Beatty (3-3, 3.91). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.