Legends Take Series over Braves in 6-5 Victory
WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK (Lexington, KY) - The Lexington Legends held on to a 6-5 victory over the Rome Braves, taking the series win as well. Lexington improves to 19-15 in the second half of the season and are 0.5 game out of first place behind the Greenville Drive.
The Legends plated their first run in the bottom of the first inning. Kyle Isbel reached on a leadoff double then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jeison Guzman. Isbel scored on a sacrifice fly by Nick Pratto and Lexington led 1-0.
In the bottom of the second inning, Carlos Diaz lined a double down the left field line then Ricky Aracena reached on a walk. Isbel smacked a bases clearing triple to right centerfield and the Legends led 3-0.
The Legends continued scoring in the bottom of the fourth. Carlos Diaz blasted his first professional home run to left field. Ricky Aracena then drew a walk then advanced to second, and to third, with two stolen bases. Guzman then brought home Aracena with an RBI single to left field and Lexington led 5-0.
The Braves scored their first run of the game in the top of the sixth inning. Marcos Almonte reached on a single to left field then moved to second on a passed ball by MJ Melendez. Charlie Neuweiler then threw a wild pitch, advancing Almonte to third. Brendan Venter then popped up a sacrifice fly to left field putting the Braves on the board, 5-1.
In the bottom of the sixth, Guzman reached on a fielder's choice to the second baseman, then scored on a wild pitch. After the sixth, Lexington led 6-1.
Rome scored two more in the top of the eighth. Drew Waters, Venter and Grayson Jenista loaded the bases with three singles. Waters then scored on a wild pitch by Janser Lara and Venter crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Shean Michel.
In the top of the ninth, Hagen Owenby led off with a single up the middle. Derian Cruz then lined an RBI triple to left field, but then scored on a throwing error by the Legends and the Braves pulled within one, 6-5.
The Legends now travel to Hagerstown to face the Suns. Both pitchers are TBD.
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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