Suns edge Legends; Rivera holds narrow batting lead

Lexington's Emmanuel Rivera leads the South Atlantic League batting race by less than two points over Greensboro's James Nelson going into the final day of the season Monday. (Mary Lay)

By Lexington Legends | September 3, 2017 10:06 PM ET


Nick Banks broke a tie with a two-run homer in the fourth inning, and the Hagerstown Suns went on to a 4-3 win over the Lexington Legends Sunday afternoon in Hagerstown.

The Legends scored a run in the top of the first inning on a double by Vance Vizcaino and a single by Emmanuel Rivera. 

Rivera had one hit in two at bats before leaving the game, and now has a narrow lead over Greensboro's James Nelson in the race for the South Atlantic League batting title. Rivera's average is at .30869, while Nelson is at .30690. All South Atlantic League teams will end regular season play Monday. Greensboro is at Hickory, and the Legends will wrap up their season with a game at Hagerstown.

The Suns answered with two runs in the bottom of the first. With one out, Carter Kieboom and Aldrem Corredor walked, and Tres Barrera reached first when shortstop Angelo Castellano committed an error while trying to get a force play at second. Banks followed with a sacrifice fly, scoring Kieboom as Corredor went to third. A passed ball allowed Corredor to score, putting the Suns in front 2-1.

The Legends tied the game in the second. Meibrys Viloria led off with a double. Castellano put down a sacrifice bunt, and when pitcher Matt DeRosier committed a throwing error after fielding the bunt, Viloria came home with the tying run.

In the bottom of the fourth, Barrera singled before Banks hit his seventh home run of the year, giving Hagerstown a 4-2 lead.

The Legends closed to within one in the seventh when Castellano doubled and scored on a single by Joe Dudek, but there was no further scoring.

DeRosier (3-4) worked six innings and got the win. Gabe Klobosits earned his first save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Legends starter Ofreidy Gomez (7-12) was the losing pitcher.

Hagerstown has taken the first two games of the series.   The final game of the series and the 2017 season is set for Monday at 2:05 p.m. in Hagerstown.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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