Leonardo Molina’s base knock down the third base line scored Dalton Blaser, making the Charleston RiverDogs winners, 3-2, over the Lexington Legends on Monday, capping off a 5-2 homestand in walk-off fashion in front of 5,190 fans at Joe Riley Park.
The left fielder Molina, following a night where he had three of the team’s five hits in a shutout victory, had been 0-for-3 before stroking a hard chopper to the left side that snuck inside the chalk, bringing home Blaser and earning a Gatorade shower on the infield from his teammates.
The right fielder Blaser came through in another crucial run-scoring play when he grounded an RBI hit through the hole to score shortstop Wilkerman Garcia in the sixth.
Blaser was not on manager Julio Mosquera’s lineup card to start the game but had to clock in after starting right fielder Steven Sensley took a fastball off his wrist on a check swing.
Starting pitcher Rony Garcia kept the RiverDogs (16-15) in the game with seven quality innings of work. The righty allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out seven. Garcia’s seven innings matched a career-high for the 20-year-old.
Greg Weissert (1-2) threw the final two innings for Charleston, mixing his pitches to the tune of three Legends (14-15) strikeouts and no runs allowed, claiming his first career win as a RiverDog in 19 appearances.
With the victory, Charleston improved to 16-15, crossing above the .500 mark for the first time since April 13 when they were 5-4.
The walk-off victory gave the RiverDogs their third of the season, decided by their league-leading 16th one-run game.
A Lexington RBI double in the fourth snapped a 23 innings scoreless streak that the Charleston staff had composed over the last four games.
Catcher Jason Lopez homered in the fifth, his second of the season, to get Charleston on the board and tie the ballgame at one.
The series finale was another “Monday Dog Day” in conjunction with 98Rock. Adult humans could enjoy dollar beers and hot dogs courtesy of Busch Light, while Lowcountry kids participated in the rescheduled Youth Baseball Night. Approximately 1,500 little leaguers, coaches, and their families came out for the pregame parade.
Charleston heads to Lakewood to begin a seven-game road trip that will also take the RiverDogs through Hagerstown. The series against Lakewood starts on Wednesday at 6:35 as RiverDogs left-handed pitcher Dalton Lehnen (2-1, 1.95) takes on southpaw Will Stewart (3-0, 1.86).
Wednesday night’s contest will be broadcast on WTMA 1250 AM in the tri-county area and online streaming on the RiverDogs TuneIn radio station.