August 12, 2017 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Charleston RiverDogs
LEXINGTON, KY- The RiverDogs rallied from 4-0 down by scoring seven unanswered runs, all in the sixth inning, while second baseman Diego Castillo roped four hits to match a career-high as Charleston rolled past the Lexington Legends 7-4 in Thursday night's opener at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
The comeback marked the second biggest deficit the RiverDogs have overcome this year, and the seven-run sixth was the second biggest inning for Charleston's offense this season. The four-hit game for Castillo was the 19-year-old Venezuelan's first since August of 2015 in the Dominican Summer League.
Trailing 4-0 heading into the sixth, Charleston (63-53, 29-17) had the top of their lineup before having seven in a row reach base to begin the onslaught. The top three in the order all singled to set up a chance for right fielder Isiah Gilliam who walked to put the RiverDogs on the board. Designated hitter Steven Sensley swung at the next pitch from reliever Travis Eckert (4-8) to cut the lead in half in a flash with an RBI single; shortstop Oswaldo Cabrera bounced a double past first baseman Manny Olloque to pull the game back even at four apiece. Catcher Eduardo Navas gave the RiverDogs their first lead with a sac fly to right field.
The big inning should have been cut short with a one-run advantage until a crucial break went Charleston's way. After Vince Conde struck out, Dom Thompson-Williams blooped a routine pop up to shallow right that second baseman Gabriel Cancel lost into twilight, and the flair shot landed in for a run-scoring single. Castillo made it 7-4 RiverDogs with his third hit of the night to chase Eckert.
The RiverDogs could barely touch Lexington starter Gerson Garabito over the first five innings. The Dominican righty turned in 4 2/3 scoreless with three hits allowed, all singles, until Charleston capitalized on the move to the bullpen.
Righty Rony Garcia (1-2) didn't have his best night, but picked up his first Class-A win. After giving up three runs in the opening inning and another unearned tally in the third, he clamped down to retire 11 in a row. The 19-year-old Dominican struck out four with no walks in six innings of work.
Lefty Phillip Diehl logged a pair of perfect innings to bridge the gap to David Sosebee who let two men aboard to open the ninth before registering his 11th save.