LEXINGTON, KY – Catcher Isaias Tejeda hit two doubles and drove home a pair of runs as the Charleston RiverDogs won the series opener 3-1 over the Lexington Legends, Wednesday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
The RiverDogs (17-9) trailed 1-0 as the game traveled into the fifth inning before they plated a pair of gift runs with two down. Lexington’s starter Colin Rodgers (1-3) got Radley Haddad and Jorge Mateo to ground out before he walked Angel Aguilar to extend the inning.
Dustin Fowler was next and hit a routine fly ball to right field, but Elier Hernandez dropped it, which allowed Aguilar to score from first and tie the game 1-1. Tejeda first RBI double came next and the RiverDogs held their first lead, 2-1 as Fowler crossed the plate.
Charleston held the one-run advantage into the eighth, when the combo of Fowler and Tejeda connected for back-to-back doubles and upped the lead to 3-1.
Luis Cedeno started the game for the RiverDogs and was not his normal self. He allowed three batters to reach in the first, but got out of the inning without any damage done. Wander Franco greeted the righty with a line-drive homer to left field in the second inning, which gave the Legends (10-16) their first run of the game. The dinger was the first Cedeno (3-0) has given up in his career.
The starter settled down, maneuvered his was through five innings, and left in line for the win. Yoel Espinal was the first out of the bullpen for the R’Dogs and he pitched two scoreless before handing it over to Dillon McNamara for the final two innings. McNamara retired all six he faced, in order, and earned his first save of the season
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COMING UP: The RiverDogs and Legends get ready for game two of the three-game series Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. RHP Joey Maher (1-0, 2.84) gets the nod for the R’Dogs, he will throw against RHP Zach Lovvorn (0-3, 6.00) of the Legends. You can catch the action on 1250 WTMA “The Big Talker” and RiverDogs.com