Chaz Hebert claims first win since August while Miguel Andujar drives in three runs
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LEXINGTON, KY July 25, 2014 – Miguel Andujar smashed a home run while driving in the first three runs for the Charleston RiverDogs in a 6-1 victory over the Lexington Legends on Friday evening at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in South Atlantic League action.
Charleston improved to 18-16 in the second half and 51-53 overall while taking a three-game sweep. Lexington slipped to 11-23 and 40-64, respectively. The RiverDogs have won 15 of their last 18 games while the Legends are stuck in an eight-game losing streak.
For the third straight game, Charleston scored a run in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. Mark Payton opened the contest with a single and moved to second base on an Abiatal Avelino walk. Following a force out that sent Payton to third, Andujar singled to score Payton.
Andujar brought the lead to 3-0 with a third-inning home run. Tyler Wade’s two-out single kept the inning alive for Andujar, who drilled a full count pitch into the left field foul pole for his eighth home run of the season. The two-run blast gave the RiverDogs a three-run advantage.
In the fourth, Charleston’s lead grew to 4-0 with more two-out production. Brandon Thomas extended the frame with a two-out single and scored from first base on a double by Payton.
The RiverDogs added another pair of runs in the top of the fifth. Wade led off with a double and reached third base during an Andujar groundout. Wade scored when Michael O’Neill reached on a fielding error. O’Neill stole second base and went to third on an error before he scored due to a sacrifice fly from Eduardo de Oleo.
Charleston starting pitcher Chaz Hebert tossed 5.2 shutout innings. He left five Legends on base – all in scoring position – in his scoreless start. Hebert allowed three hits and two walks while striking out six. Reliever Evan Rutckyj inherited a runner at second base from Hebert in the sixth inning, but he closed the frame with a strikeout and finished 1.1 scoreless innings of relief.
Lexington snapped Charleston’s bid for a shutout by cutting the deficit to 6-1 in the eighth inning. The frame opened with a single by Carlos Garcia. A fielding error allowed Kenny Diekroeger to reach and pushed Garcia to second base. After Garcia stole third base, he scored on Mauricio Ramos’s one-out single. However, that was Lexington’s only run in the contest.
Hebert climbed to 1-2 with the win, his first victory since August 20, 2013 when he earned a victory for the GCL Yankees 1 against the GCL Braves. Luke Farrell gave up six runs, four of them earned, plummeting to 1-9 while suffering his sixths straight losing decision.
COMING UP: Charleston continues this road trip on Saturday at 6:05pm with the opener of a four-game road series at the Asheville Tourists. RiverDogs RHP Gabe Encinas (0-1, 10.29 ERA) will pitch against Tourists RHP Zach Jemiola (8-8, 4.78 ERA). The next RiverDogs homestand is scheduled for Thursday, July 31 through Sunday, August 3 against the Hagerstown Suns. Upcoming promotions include Gullah Heritage Night, Robert English’s Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame enshrinement, Rainbows Day, and a postgame fireworks display. Tickets may be purchased at the Riley Park Box Office, (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or on-line at www.riverdogs.com. If fans cannot make it to the ballpark, they are encouraged to tune in to all the action this year both home and away worldwide on www.riverdogs.com and locally on 1250 WTMA, the new radio home for RiverDogs baseball.