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RiverDogs Can’t Hold Lead, Fall to Legends 5-3

The Charleston RiverDogs remain in first place but fell to the Lexington Legends in front of a crowd of 6,088 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Yankees left-handed pitching prospect Justin Kamplain was tagged with the loss after allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, on 8 hits and 3 walks over his 4 1/3 innings of work.

Lexington jumped to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning when they plated 2 runs off of the RiverDogs starter. A walk and two singles lead to the runs scoring.

Charleston would then chip away to take the lead with single runs in the second, third and fourth innings. With one out in the second inning Connor Spencer walked, moved to third on a line drive double to right by Austin Aune and then scored on a single to right by Brandon Thomas. Aune attempted to score on the play but was called out at home.

The lone RiverDog run in the top of the third inning came on a lead off homerun by second baseman Gosuke Katoh. The third and final Charleston run came in the fourth inning. Angel Aguilar doubled with one out, moved to third on a passed ball and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Connor Spencer.

That would be it for the Charleston offense. Gosuke Katoh ended the game with 2 hits, the only RiverDog batter to have multiple hits in the game. Brandon Thomas, Austin Aune, Connor Spencer, Angel Aguilar, Ty McFarland and Jorge Mateo all had one hit a piece.

Caleb Frare came into the game to relieve Kamplain in the fifth inning, he went 1 2/3 innings, allowing a run on one hit and walk. He was followed by Cale Coshow who pitched 2 innings of shutout baseball.

The Charleston RiverDogs return to action on Saturday, starting a four-game series with the West Virginia Power. Right-handed pitcher Andre Del Bosque is the scheduled starter for the game, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm.

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