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Blake Rutherford at RiverDogs Media Day (Jerry Coli)

RiverDogs Drop Opener To Lexington, 6-3

The Lexington Legends defeated Charleston RiverDogs, 6-3, at a cool, windy Joe Riley Park in Charleston.

Charleston’s starter Nick Green (0-1, 2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO) struggled with his command from the start, allowing a four-run first inning that gave Lexington a lead they would never surrender. Green was unable to throw his curveball consistently from the start and worked behind most of the hitters he faced.

Legends first baseman Chris DeVito struck first ripping a single to left field to score the second baseman Gabriel Cancel. Third baseman Emmanuel Rivera lined a single up the middle to score designated hitter Kort Petersen and DeVito to expand the lead to 3-0. Left fielder Amalani Fukofuka scorched a line drive into the left-center field gap beyond centerfielder Blake Rutherford‘s reach to plate the fourth run scored by Rivera.

Albert Abreu (4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO) came into relieve Green and held the Legends in check to allow the RiverDogs to climb within 4-3. Catcher Donny Sands had a RBI ground out to second scoring third baseman Oswaldo Cabrera for the RiverDogs first run of the season. In the bottom of the fifth, Blake Rutherford scampered home on a wild pitch on ball four to designated hitter Isiah Gilliam to make it 4-2. Gilliam would score the third run on first baseman Brandon Wagner‘s flare single just beyond third baseman Rivera.

With the score at 4-3, Abreu’s one blemish came in the form of Khalil Lee‘s high flyball home run to left that pushed Lexington’s lead to 5-3. David Sosebee surrendered the final run in relief of Abreu, giving up a RBI double to Cancel that scored Lee for what would eventually result in the final score of 6-3.

Grant Gavin (1-0) came in the sixth inning and earned the win by pitching the final four innings of the game for Lexington, not allowing a hit or a run.

The RiverDogs and the Legends will face off again Friday night at Joe Riley Park as part of an opening four-game series between the two teams in Charleston.

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