CHARLESTON, S.C. – A three-run bottom of the fifth inning propelled the Charleston RiverDogs, draped in their special “Green Army Men” jerseys, to a 7-4 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators in front of 5,096 in attendance, on ISHPI Military Appreciation Night at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park Saturday night.
The game was tied 2-2 with runners on second and third, when Jorge Mateo stepped up to bat with one out. He hit an 0-2 ground ball into center to drive in Alexander Palma and Angel Aguilar. However, the ball rolled under the glove of the center fielder Louie Lechich and Mateo flew around the bases to give the RiverDogs a 5-2 lead, thanks to the three-base fielding error.
Kannapolis closed the gap with two runs in the top of the seventh. Ethan Gross hit an RBI infield single, and then Eddy Alvarez followed with a double to plate Gross.
Charleston took their three-run lead back in the bottom half of the frame. Ryan Lindemuth and Mateo drew back-to-back one-out walks. Then, Bo Thompson hit a single to left field that drove in both runs. Thompson reached second on a throwing error but was thrown out at third to clear the bases.
The RiverDogs got on the board with a run in the bottom of the first. Mateo scored the first of his three runs on an RBI ground out by Isaias Tejeda. Kannapolis tied the game 1-1 on a Nick Basto double and Ryan Leonards RBI single to start the second.
After a scoreless third, the RiverDogs jumped ahead again the bottom of the fourth. Collin Slaybaugh hit a one-out single and stole second. Austin Aune drove Slaybaugh in on a single to right, but Aune was thrown out at second to end the inning.
Kannapolis tied the game once again in the top of the fifth. Eddy Alverez hit a one-out double and Mason Robbins followed with an RBI single.
Justin Kamplain (3-10) pitched six innings and only allowed gave up a pair of runs, one earned, while striking out five. He picked up his first victory as a starter since a win over Lexington on April 11. Zach Thompson (2-4) gave up five runs, two earned, on five hits and walked four in the loss.
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BALLPARK FUN: The RiverDogs celebrated Military Appreciation Night at The Joe. The R’Dogs wore special “Green Army Man” uniforms and the jerseys were auctioned off to fans. Giveaways for Saturday night included a Military Heroes Baseball Card set and Green Army Men figurines. Fans teamed up with Palmetto Brewing Company and gave back Soldiers’ Angels through the “Hops for Heroes” program. Every penny of Palmetto’s Homefront IPA went to Soldiers’ Angels. After the game, kids were able to take a lap around the infield and run the bases. Fans also met their favorite RiverDogs players and the auction winners took the “Green Army Men” jerseys straight off the players’ backs. Proceeds of the auction benefitted the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. Saturday marked the third straight game that saw over 5,000 fans enter The Joe.
COMING UP: The RiverDogs wrap up their five-game home series against Kannapolis Sunday at 5:05 p.m. Charleston will send RHP Matt Wotherspoon (2-0, 3.08 ERA) to the mound against RHP Spencer Adams (5-4, 3.58 ERA) for the Intimidators. You can watch the game on MiLB.tv or listen to the action on “The Big Talker” 1250 WTMA, WTMA.com, and RiverDogs.com.
Every Sunday at The Joe is a Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission Kids Club Sunday, presented by Y102.5. Parking is free, and kids 12-under eat free courtesy of Pepsi. They will receive a coupon for a hot dog, fountain drink and chips. All members of the RiverDogs Kids Club receive free admission to every Family Sunday Game. The RiverDogs Kids Club, known as the RiverPups, is free to join and open to all kids 12-and-under. Sunday is also Irish Heritage Night, as we will be celebrating everything to do with the Emerald Isle. An Irish dance team and a hurling team will be in attendance to teach fans about Irish heritage and their rich traditions. Fans are encouraged to wear green clothing in support of this special night. Stick around after the game to receive free autographs on the field from all of your favorite RiverDogs players and coaches.