Legends Drop Game One to Braves, But Remain Atop Southern Division
WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK (Lexington, KY) - The Rome Braves snapped the Lexington Legends' nine-game winning streak with a 7-3 victory in the first game of the season. The Legends drop to 18-15 in the second half of the season and are now tied for first place in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League with the Greenville Drive.
The Braves plated their first runs of the game in the top of the first inning. Greyson Jenista lined a single down the left field line then moved to third on a double to the left field corner by William Contreras. A two-run single by Jefrey Ramos put the Braves ahead 2-0.
In the bottom of the second inning, Seuly Matias, Manny Olloque and Marten Gasparini loaded the bases with three singles. With the bases juiced, Ricky Aracena drew a walk, bringing in Matias and the Legends were on the board, 2-1.
In the top of the third, Brendan Venter and Contreras drew walks to put runners at first and second. Ramos then hit a groundball to the third baseman, Cristian Perez, who committed a fielding error allowing Venter to score, extending Rome's lead 3-1.
Lexington tied the game in the bottom of the third inning. Nick Pratto drew a leadoff walk then moved to third on a single by Matias. Pratto then stole home, to pull the Legends within one run. Matias tied the game when he scored on an RBI single by Marten Gasparini.
In the top of the fifth, Contreras blasted a solo homer to left field, putting the Braves on top, 4-3.
Rome would then go on to score two more in the top of the sixth. Jean Carlos Encarnacion lined a double to left field then was joined on the base path when Drew Lugbauer drew a walk. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Derian Cruz. Encarnacion then scored on a wild pitch by Danny Hrbek, while Lugbauer moved to third. Marcos Almonte popped up a sacrifice fly to right field, bringing home Lugbauer and the Braved extended their lead, 6-3.
The Braves scored their final run in the top of the ninth. Shean Michel lined a leadoff double to the right field corner then scored on an RBI single by Jenista.
Kelvin Rodriguez earned the win for Rome tossing 2.2 shutout innings allowing one hit while walking one and striking out three. Carlos Hernandez was given the loss for Lexington pitching 5.0 innings allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits while walking two and striking out seven.
The Legends and Braves meet again tomorrow, July 28 at 6:35 p.m. for game two. Lexington will send RHP Yefri Del Rosario (0-5, 5.45 ERA) and Rome is TBD. Faith and Family Night presented by Asbury University will get underway at 6:35pm and will feature a postgame concert by national recording artist 7eventh Time Down. Following the game, there will be postgame fireworks and then fans can head out to the plaza to the concert. Join us as we welcome once again the band that originated in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky and has toured the country, performing hits from their albums "Alive In You", "Only King Forever", and "God is on the Move."
The Legends, a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and member of the South Atlantic League, play all home games at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Kentucky. For ticket information, call (859) 422-7867 or visit LexingtonLegends.com.
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