LEXINGTON, Ky. -- RiverDogs starter Shane Greene pitched six solid innings, and Gary Sanchez delivered a two-run home run, as Charleston defeated Lexington, 6-1, in front of 7,999 fans on opening night in South Atlantic League action at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on Thursday.
The RiverDogs have beaten the Legends on consecutive opening nights, winning at Riley Park last year.
Charleston (1-0) scored a pair of two-out runs in the second inning against Lexington (0-1) starter Mike Foltynewicz. Kelvin De Leon smacked an RBI single to left, while Kyle Roller hit an RBI double to the wall in left center.
Lexington trimmed the deficit in the third on a RBI groundout by Jiovanni Mier, which scored Bryce Lane.
Lane led off the inning with an infield single and moved to second on a throwing error, making the only Legends' run unearned.
That's all Greene (1-0) let score over six innings, allowing just the one unearned run on three hits, while walking none and striking out two. Greene, who started four games for Charleston at the end of 2010, retired 10 straight at one point and kept Lexington out of scoring position after the third inning.
The RiverDogs added three runs in fifth to put the game out of reach, capped off by a two-run home run from Sanchez. The Yankees No. 2 prospect, according to Baseball America, finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
Lexington's Foltynewicz (0-1) allowed five runs on six hits in five innings with a walk and two strikeouts.
Ramon Flores drove home his first run of the season with a RBI groundout in the eighth, upping the margin to 6-1.
Danny Burawa entered the game for Charleston in the seventh and worked three hitless innings to notch his first SAL save.
Roller joined Sanchez with a two-hit game to pace Charleston's nine-hit attack, while Mier had two of Lexington's five total hits.
Game two of the series is set for today at 7:05 p.m. The RiverDogs' left-hander Nik Turley is set to make his SAL debut against the Legends' right-hander Tanner Bushue.