Kannapolis crushes R’Dogs

Jerry Coli/Provided Charleston's Matt Wotherspoon lunges for a throw at home plate from catcher Rainiero Coa during Sunday's game against Kannapolis at Riley Park.

The Charleston RiverDogs fell down by eight runs early Sunday and were unable to come back, as they lost 12-2 to the Kannapolis Intimidators in front of 4,012 fans at Riley Park.

The RiverDogs (7-11 second half, 41-47 overall) scored their first run in the bottom of the sixth. Jorge Mateo hit a two-out single to center and took second base on defensive indifference. Bo Thompson followed with an RBI double to left.

Kannapolis (9-9, 44-43) scored the first eight runs of the game, starting off with three in the first. Alexander Simon hit an RBI double with one out, a wild pitch brought home Mason Robbins from third, and then Simon scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Basto.

The Intimidators put the game out of reach with five runs in the top of the fourth. Basto and Brett Austin hit back-to-back doubles to start the frame. Three batters later, Ryan Lindemuth made a fielding error on a ground ball by Ethan Gross with runners on second and third. Both Austin and John Ziznewski scored on the error.

Robbins drove in Gross with a two-out single to center. Louie Lechich drove in the fifth run of the frame with a base hit.

The Intimidators added four more runs in the top of the ninth.

Charleston brought home one more run in the bottom of the inning. Alexander Palma grounded out with the bases loaded to drive in Mateo, who scored his second run of the game.

Matt Wotherspoon (2-1) took the loss for Charleston, giving up five earned runs on seven hits.

The RiverDogs celebrated Irish Heritage Night at The Joe. Many fans sported Irish apparel, the Ireland National Anthem was played before the game, and Gaelic Football and Hurling were played in the outfield for mid-inning entertainment.

The RiverDogs have a day off Monday before hitting the road for a seven-game trip. Charleston will travel to Rome, Ga., for three games and then on to Savannah for a four-game series. The RiverDogs return home to face Delmarva on July 22.