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Charleston defeats Lexington 6-4; All-Star Mills could not carry Legends in season debut


Frank Schwindel's three-run homer in the sixth inning tied the game, but Charleston went on to win 6-4. (Photo provided)

Frank Schwindel’s three-run homer in the sixth inning tied the game, but Charleston went on to win 6-4. (Photo provided)

 
Charleston broke a tie with a run in the seventh inning, and Brandon Thomas added a two-run homer in the eighth as the RiverDogs got past the Lexington Legends 6-4 Wednesday night.
 
The RiverDogs scored a run in the first inning when Mark Payton led off with a walk, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on a ground out by Tyler Wade.
 
A two-run double in the sixth inning by Reymond Nunez gave Charleston a 3-0 lead, but the Legends came back to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. Alexis Rivera led off with a walk and moved to third on a one-out double by Humberto Arteaga. Frank Schwindel followed with his 15th home run of the year, a game-tying 415-foot blast over the bleachers in left field.
 
But the RiverDogs reclaimed the lead in the seventh. Payton singled, and after Wade grounded into a force play at second, Michael O’Neill doubled down the left field line, scoring Wade with the go-ahead run.
 
Thomas’ homer with a man on in the eighth gave Charleston a 6-3 lead. The Legends scored their final run in the ninth inning on a triple by Elier Hernandez and a single by Dex Kjerstad.
 
Chad Taylor (2-1), who entered the game after Schwindel’s homer, got the win. Eric Ruth earned his third save by getting the final out in the ninth inning. Andrew Edwards (3-5), who relieved starter Alec Mills after five innings, was the losing pitcher.
 
Mills, who was a South Atlantic mid-season All-Star for the Legends last year before undergoing elbow surgery, was making his first start for the Legends in 2014. He had made seven appearances at Idaho Falls of the Pioneer League, where he returned to action June 17, 2014 after being out of competition for more than a year. He worked five innings and allowed four hits and one run. Mills walked three batters and struck out two.
 
The series continues Thursday night. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
 
From the Lexington Legends


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