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Legends win final home game of 2009

August 31, 2009 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Lexington Legends News Release

As it has in many of their wins this year, pitching dominated as the Lexington Legends defeated the Greenville Drive 3-2 to win their final home game of the 2009 season Monday night at Applebee's Park.

The Legends took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. With two outs and the bases empty, Reinaldo Pestana singled and Albert Cartwright was hit by a pitch. Michael Diaz followed with a single, scoring Pestana with the game's first run. Chris Jackson then singled to score Cartwright to make it 2-0.

Greenville scored in the fifth on singles by Ty Weeden and Thomas Di Benedetto and Pete Hissey's infield out.

The Legends increased their lead to 3-1 in the fifth. Jay Austin singled and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Eric Suttle. A single by Brandon Wikoff moved Austin to third, from where he scored on Brian Pellegrini's sacrifice fly. It was Pellegrini's 66th RBI of the season, giving him 135 over the last two seasons for Lexington. The Legends' all-time career RBI record is 142, set by Ramon German in 2001-02. Pellegrini, who leads the South Atlantic League with 24 home runs this season, remains one behind the Legends' single-season mark of 25 held by Hunter Pence and Beau Hearod.

Greenville cut the lead to one in the sixth. Will Middlebrooks doubled with one out, went to third on a single by Mitch Dening, and scored on Shannon Wilkerson's infield out. The Drive put the leadoff man on in the ninth against reliever Kyle Godfrey, but Oscar Tejeda hit into a double play, and Godfrey struck out pinch hitter Kade Keowen to end the game.

Lexington starter Brad Dydalewicz (8-5) earned his eighth victory after working five and two-thirds innings. Godfrey pitched the final three and one-third and struck out five as he picked up his third save.

There are seven road games left on the Legends schedule. Lexington opens a three-game series in Asheville Tuesday night. Game time is 7:05 p.m.


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