Mauricio Ramos’ two-run single in the ninth inning broke a 5-5 tie, and the Lexington Legends went on to a 7-5 win over Charleston in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader Wednesday night. Because of rain delays during the first game, the second game was postponed and will be played as part of a doubleheader Thursday night.
The Legends jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning. With two outs and no one on base, Chad Johnson doubled to right field. Dex Kjerstad and Fred Ford drew walks, loading the bases, and Alexis Rivera tripled to center field, scoring all three runners. Kenny Diekroeger’s single scored Rivera with the fourth run of the inning.
Charleston tied the game with four runs in the bottom of the third. Eduardo de Oleo led off with a home run. The next two hitters grounded out, but Mark Payton walked and Tyler Wade singled. Dustin Fowler’s triple scored Payton and Wade, and Mike Ford’s single brought Fowler home with the tying run.
The Legends broke the tie with a run in the fifth when Johnson singled in Frank Schwindel from second with two outs.
Doubleheader games are seven innings in length in the South Atlantic League, and the RiverDogs evened the score in the bottom of the seventh, their final at bat in regulation.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Wade singled to center field. Gosuke Katoh scored the tying run, but Jackson Valera, carrying the winning run, was thrown out at the plate by center fielder Elier Hernandez. Fowler popped out to second for the second out, and after John Murphy was intentionally walked, Miguel Andujar flied out to right field to end the inning.
Rivera led off the top of the ninth with a single. He moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a single by Humberto Arteaga. Arteaga took second on a wild pitch as Rivera held on at third. Schwindel was intentionally walked before Ramos lined a hit to left, scoring Rivera and Arteaga.
Andrew Edwards, (3-4), who relieved starter Jake Junis at the start of the sixth inning, got the win. Tim Hill pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save. Chad Taylor (0-1), who worked the ninth for Charleston, took the loss.
The first of two seven-inning games Thursday is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.