Hoy Jun Park homered and drove in three runs and Blake Rutherford had three doubles and two RBI as the Charleston RiverDogs collected 15 hits in a 12-4 win over the visiting Lexington Legends on Sunday. Charleston won the last three games of the series after Lexington took the opener 6-3.
Manny Olloque was dialed in at the plate for the Legends. The first baseman homered in the top of the second inning to give the Legends a 1-0 lead. He added two doubles and scored three runs.
Charleston tied the game on a double by Estevan Florial and a one-out single by Brandon Wagner then took the lead with three runs in the third. Diego Castillo singled with one out and moved to third on a double by Rutherford. A wild pitch allowed Castillo to score and after Florial walked, Rutherford came home on a single by Leonardo Molina. Florial also scored after a throwing error by center fielder Marten Gasparini, one of five Lexington errors in the game.
The Legends answered with two runs in the fourth. Olloque doubled and scored on a single by Ricky Aracena, who continued to third on an error by Molina in right field. Angelo Castellano’s single scored Aracena, and the Legends trailed 4-3.
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Rutherford’s two-run double in the bottom of the fourth gave the RiverDogs a 6-3 lead and Charleston pulled away with five runs in the fifth.
Park’s solo homer in the seventh closed out the scoring for Charleston, and the Legends picked up a run in the ninth on Olloque’s second double of the game and two wild pitches.
Charleston starter Brian Keller (1-0) worked the first five innings and got the win. Lexington starter Olfreidy Gomez (0-1), who pitched four innings, took the loss.
The Legends will open a three-game set in Greenville Monday night. The Legends’ home opener is Thursday, April 13 against the West Virginia Power at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
RIVERDOGS 12, LEGENDS 4
Gomez, Eckert (5), McKay (6) and Viloria; Keller, Mahoney (6), Mundell (8) and Navas. W—Keller (1-0). L—Gomez (0-1). 2B—L: Olloque 2 (2), Lee 2 (2). C: Florial (1), Rutherford 3 (3), Wagner (1). HR—L: Olloque (1). C: Park (1).