Legends sweep Hickory
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Legends took a 1-0 win over the Hickory Crawdads in the completion of a suspended game Wednesday, and then won the regularly scheduled game 9-4 to finish a sweep of a three-game series at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Emmanuel Rivera’s second-inning homer Tuesday night proved to be the only run of the suspended game, which was stopped after two innings because of rain. The game resumed Wednesday afternoon in the top of the third inning, but neither team scored again.
Geoffrey Bramblett, (2-0), who relieved starter Andre Davis when the game resumed, shut out the Crawdads on three hits through four and two-thirds innings and got the win. Grant Gavin entered the game with two runners on and two outs in the top of the seventh. He struck out Blaine Prescott to end the threat and then went on to finish the game for his fourth save.
In the regularly scheduled game, which was reduced to seven innings, the Legends scored a run in the first inning. Marten Gasparini bunted for a hit and continued to third base on a throwing error by pitcher Reid Anderson. Gasparini scored on Kort Peterson’s sacrifice fly.
Hickory took the lead with two runs in the fourth. Leody Taveras and Alex Kowalczyk singled, and Ti’Quan Forbes was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Carlos Garay followed with a two-run single to right field.
The Legends answered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Nick Dini singled. John Brontsema followed with a single to right field, and Dini, who was breaking for second as the pitch was delivered, came around to score. Brontsema went to second on the throw home, and he scored the go-ahead run on Manny Olloque’s single. Olloque came home on a single by Mark Sanchez, and the Legends led 4-2.
Alex Kowalczyk’s two-run homer in the fifth tied the game at 4-4, but the Legends reclaimed the lead when a run scored on a balk in the bottom of the fifth.
The Legends broke the game open with four runs in the sixth inning, which included an RBI single by Nick Heath, a sacrifice fly by Peterson and a run-scoring double by Rivera. Another run came home on a wild pitch.
Legends’ starter Jace Vines (4-2) was the winning pitcher. He worked the first six innings. Walker Sheller recorded three strikeouts in a scoreless seventh inning.
C.D. Pelham (2-1), who relieved starter Reid Anderson at the start of the fifth inning, took the loss.
The Legends remain at home for a four-game series against the Columbia Fireflies, whose roster includes Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. Game time Thursday night is 7:05 p.m.