LEXINGTON, KY. — Gosuke Katoh hit his first home run of the season in the third, but the Charleston RiverDogs couldn’t hold off the Lexington Legends and fell, 5-3, in the finale of the three-game series Friday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
The loss was the second in the RiverDogs’ lone visit to the Bluegrass state this season.
The Legends (12-16) came out of the gate and tacked two on the board in the first inning against lefty Justin Kamplain. Elier Hernandez cashed in an RBI opportunity and delivered a two-run single with one-out, which plated Carlos Garcia and Corey Toups and put Charleston (17-11) in a 2-0 hole.
The RiverDogs began to come back in the second and plated a run in each of the next three innings to take a 3-2 lead. Brandon Thomas connected hit an RBI single for the first run, Gosuke Katoh hit a solo home run to left field which tied the game at 2-2, and Connor Spencer’s sacrifice fly gave the RiverDogs their first lead of the game at 3-2.
The home run for Katoh was his first since July 1, 2014, and it snapped his 0-for-17 streak to begin the month of May.
The Legends responded to the RiverDogs runs with a run in each of the next three innings and took the lead for good at 5-3. Kamplain (1-4) walked in a run to tie the score in the fourth and gave up a solo homer in the fifth before his outing came to an end. The Legends picked up their final run against Caleb Frare in the sixth to round out the scoring.
The RiverDogs travel to Charleston, W.Va., and begin a four-game series against the Power at 7:05 p.m. Saturday at Appalachian Power Park. Charleston will send RHP Andre Del Bosque (2-1, 5.51) to the mound against RHP Alex McCrae (2-0, 5.09 ERA) for West Virginia.