The Charleston RiverDogs could not hold onto an early lead but ultimately fell to the Lexington Legends to open the 2018 season. The crowd of 5,345 people at Whitaker Bank Ballpark saw the RiverDogs get eight hits but only manage two runs.
Charleston got out to an early lead in the top of the first inning. Steven Sensley drew a two-out walk, but it was Dalton Blaser who made first contact for a hit with a ground ball double into left field, bringing home Sensley and giving the ‘Dogs a 1-0 lead.
Right-handed pitcher Garrett Whitlock got the opening day nod for the RiverDogs, facing 20 batters in four innings pitched. He allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out seven batters. The Legends plated one run in the bottom of the second to tie the game, and another in the bottom of the third to take the lead.
But the RiverDogs were not done scoring just yet, in the top of the fifth inning they plated another run to tie the game up at two. Chris Hess lead off the inning smacking the ball over the left-field fence for his first professional home run.
That was it for the scoring for Charleston. Lexington took the lead for good in the seventh inning off JP Sears who came in relief of Whitlock. Sears finished the game allowing that one-run on two hits and striking out three in four innings of work.
Steven Sensley and Chris Hess had multi-hit games for the RiverDogs as both had two-hits apiece. Oswaldo Cabrera, Dalton Blaser, Dom Thompson-Williams and Frederick Cuevas all had one hit in the game.
Charleston struggled with runners in scoring position, going 0-for-6 with runners at second or third, leaving six men on base. Sensley and Blaser had doubles in the game.
On Friday night the RiverDogs and Legends will meet again in the second game of the season and series. Right-handed pitcher Glenn Otto is scheduled to make thea start for Charleston, his first of the season.