R’Dogs win in slugfest

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Francisco Arcia drove a go-ahead, two-run double into right field in the top of the eighth inning for the Charleston RiverDogs, and they held on for a 14-13 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators on Sunday at CMC-NorthEast Stadium.

The win put Charleston (56-41, 17-13 second half) in sole possession of first place in the Southern Division.

With one out in the eighth and the game tied at 12, the RiverDogs loaded the bases on a single, a walk and an error against Dustin Umberger (0-1). Two batters later, Arcia’s third double of the night brought in the runs that proved to be the difference.

Nick Goody ended the game with a perfect ninth inning that included two strikeouts for his third save.

Charleston jumped out to the early lead, tagging starting pitcher Myles Jaye for four runs in the first inning. Casey Stevenson made it 5-0 in the third with a sacrifice fly to score Dante Bichette, Jr., who had doubled.

But in the bottom of the third, Kannapolis scored 11 times to erase Charleston’s lead and send starter Matt Bashore to the showers. Five straight singles got things started and brought in the first two runs. After an out, Leighton Pangilinan lined a single to left to score two more. Another single, a hit batsman, a passed ball and two walks scored three more runs and finished Bashore.

Kevan Smith capped the offensive explosion with an RBI single and the RiverDogs’ 5-0 lead had suddenly been transformed into an 11-5 deficit.