The Charleston RiverDogs played fairly solid baseball Monday night against the West Virginia Power, but they could have used a defensive "do over" in the eighth inning.
The RiverDogs committed three errors in what turned out to be a four-run eighth for West Virginia, and the Power held on to beat the RiverDogs 6-5 in front of a crowd of 2,139 at Riley Park.
"Looking back at it, we gave them a lot of outs that inning," said RiverDogs manager Greg Colbrunn. "But we'll be OK. We've just got to start playing sounder baseball defensively."
Trailing 4-2, the Power's four-run eighth propelled them to a 6-4 lead.
Charleston (2-3) almost tied it in the ninth. Rob Lyerly doubled in a run with two outs, but Marc Baca struck out Taylor Grote to end the game.
Charleston's defensive meltdown negated a strong effort from RiverDogs starting pitcher Kelvin Perez.
Making his RiverDogs' debut, Perez pitched six and two thirds innings, allowing two runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
"He was very efficient with his pitches and he stayed within his pitch count," Colbrunn said. "He pitched a great game. It's a shame we couldn't win it for him."
West Virginia (2-3) took a 1-0 lead in the third on Adenson Chourio's sacrifice fly to left and moved ahead 2-0 on Ramon Cabera's two-out, run-scoring single to left in the fifth.
Charleston tied it in the bottom of the fifth on Ray Kruml's RBI double and Kyle Higashioka's run-scoring single.
The RiverDogs moved ahead 3-2 in the sixth when Lyerly scored from second on a throwing error by Chourio at short.
Jimmy Paredes' solo homer in the seventh extended Charleston's lead to 4-2.
RiverDogs' co-owner Bill Murray was at the Joe on Monday night. In the ninth inning with the home team coming to bat, Murray told them, "Hey, come on, I can't do it alone."
The Power and the RiverDogs play game two of the four-game series at 7:05 tonight. Hunter Strickland (0-1, 9.0 ERA) is the scheduled starter for West Virginia, while Shaeffer Hall makes his season debut for the RiverDogs.