WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK (Lexington, KY) - An explosive eighth inning by the Lexington Legends ensured a 7-3 victory over the Greenville Drive in game two. The Legends record improves to 17-17 and the Drive drops to 9-27.
The Drive plated their first run in the fourth inning. Jagger Rusconi smacked a one-out home run to left field, and the Drive led 1-0.
The Legends scored their first run in the bottom of the sixth. Brewer Hicklen reached on a leadoff single to left field then was brought home on an error by Greenville's shortstop, Frankie Rios and Lexington led, 2-0.
Lexington plated two more runs in the seventh. Marten Gasparini reached on a one-out walk then advanced to when Ricky Aracena reached on a throwing error by the pitcher, Devon Fisher. With runners on first and second, Jeison Guzman lined a two-run triple off the right centerfield wall, scoring Gasparini and Aracena.
Nick Pratto led off the eighth inning with a solo home run to straight centerfield, his sixth of the season. Seuly Matias was then hit by a pitch, then advanced to second on a single by Sebastian Rivero. Dennicher Carrasco, activated today by the Legends, clubbed a three-run home run to left field, and the Legends led 7-1.
Frankie Rios hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth for the Drive, but it wasn't enough and the Drive fell to the Legends.
Garrett Davila earned the win for the Legends, tossing 7.0 innings, allowing one run on four hits while walking one and striking out five. Devon Fisher was given the loss for the Drive, pitching 1.0 inning allowing four runs (two earned) on two hits while walking one and striking out one.
The same two teams meet tomorrow night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark at 7:05 p.m. The Legends will send LHP Daniel Tillo (1-1, 3.77 ERA) to face Greenville's RHP Alex Sherff (0-3, 7.25 ERA).
Monday, May 14 will be Millennial Night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. There will be #hashtags on #hashtags with plenty of opportunities to take #selfies throughout Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Every fan that enters the gates will receive a participation ribbon, and if the game goes too late, there will be a designated naptime between innings. What cures the Monday blues? Free parking at Whitaker Bank Ballpark! Fans will enjoy free parking for every Monday game presented by Members Heritage Credit Union.
The Legends, a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and member of the South Atlantic League, kickoff the 2018 season at Whitaker Bank Ballpark against the Charleston RiverDogs, an affiliate of the New York Yankees, on Opening Day - April 5, 2018. For ticket information, call (859) 422-7867 or visit LexingtonLegends.com. All individual game tickets are now on sale.
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