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Legends v Suns 08-11-13 : (WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) Hagerstown broke open a close game with three runs in the seventh inning and three more in the eighth, and the Suns went on to an 8-2 win over the Lexington Legends Sunday afternoon.

                Hagerstown took the lead with two runs in the fourth inning. Leadoff batter Narciso Mesa struck out, but reached first on a third-strike wild pitch. He moved to second as Mike McQuillan grounded out, and scored on a single by Estarlin Martinez.   Martinez then stole second base and later scored on a single by Khayyan Norfork. 

                In the seventh, Norfork drew a leadoff walk from reliever Zeb Sneed, and Will Piwnica-Worms followed with a home run down the right field line, giving the Suns a 4-0 margin. Stephen Perez then walked, stole second base, moved to third on a ground out and scored on a single by Mesa.                   

                The Suns added three more runs in the eighth inning. A double by Martinez and a single by Ramos put runners at first and third.   Norfork tripled, scoring two runs, and a ground out by Perez brought Norfork home with Hagerstown's final run.

                The Legends' runs came in the bottom of the ninth inning on a single by Fred Ford and a two-run homer by Mark Donato.

                Hagerstown starter Brett Mooneyham (9-3), who blanked the Legends on two hits through six innings, got the win. Matt Murray (1-3) was the starting and losing pitcher for Lexington.  

                With the loss, the Legends temporarily dropped into a tie with Augusta for the South Atlantic League Southern Division lead. The GreenJackets won the first game of their doubleheader at Greensboro 6-5 to pull into the tie. Augusta will be either one-half game ahead or one-half game behind Lexington depending on the result of the second game, which began at about 5 p.m. Sunday.

                The Legends open a three-game series against the Charleston RiverDogs in Charleston, South Carolina Tuesday night. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

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Updated: Aug 11, 2013 2:50pm PST

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Legends v Suns 08-09-10 : (WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) Bubba Starling not only took a home run away from a Hagerstown hitter, he also hit a 450-foot homer as the Lexington Legends won their fifth straight game, a 5-2 win over the Hagerstown Suns Friday night.

The Legends maintained their one and one-half game lead over Augusta in the South Atlantic League Southern Division race. The GreenJackets defeated Greensboro, 5-4.

In the top of the second inning, Starling, the Legends' center fielder, leaped and reached over the wall to rob Hagerstown's Wander Ramos of a home run. In the bottom of the sixth, he hit one high and far over the wall in left center field.

The Suns took a 1-0 lead in the third on a walk to Narciso Mesa and a double by Tony Renda. The Legends tied the game in the fourth when Terrance Gore singled, stole second and scored on Starling's two-out double. The steal was Gore's league-leading 62nd of the season.

The score was still tied 1-1 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. Raul Mondesi singled and then came around to score the go-ahead run when Mesa dropped a fly ball to short center field hit by Mark Threlkeld. That gave Starling an opportunity to bat, and with Threlkeld on at second, Starling launched one high and far over the left center field wall to give the Legends a 4-1 lead.

Mondesi's homer in the eighth inning closed out the Legends scoring.

The Suns added a run in the ninth on a two-out, bases-loaded single by Shawn Pleffner, but Wes Schill was caught in a rundown between third and home to end the game.

Legends starter Crawford Simmons (2-3) worked the first six innings and got the win. Mark Peterson picked up his 16th save of the season.

Hagerstown starter Kylin Turnbull (5-5) was the losing pitcher. He struck out eight batters and walked none, and three of the four runs he allowed were unearned.

The start of the game was delayed for one hour, one minute due to rain.

The Legends have won five straight games, including the first two of the four-game series with Hagerstown. The two teams meet again Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.

Legends v Suns 08-09-10

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(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) Bubba Starling not only took ...

Updated: Aug 10, 2013 7:08am PST

Legends v Hagerstown Suns 08-08-13 : (WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) Mark Threlkeld drove in three runs with a homer and a two-run single, and the Lexington bullpen didn't allow a baserunner after the fifth inning as the Legends defeated the Hagerstown Suns 5-1 Thursday night.

The victory was Lexington's fourth straight, and with Augusta's 6-1 loss at Greensboro, the Legends now lead the South Atlantic League Southern Division by a game and a half over Augusta. The GreenJackets had won 10 straight games before their loss to Greensboro.

Hagerstown scored a run in the top of the first inning. Narciso Mesa reached first on an error by Threlkeld, the first baseman. Mesa stole second and came home on a single by Shawn Pleffner. 

Lexington tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the first on Threlkeld's fifth home run of the year.

Helped by four walks, the Legends broke the tie with three runs in the fifth inning. Fred Ford and Mark Donato drew walks from Hagerstown starter Nick Lee to start the inning. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. Lee struck out Nic Cuckovich and Kenny Diekroeger, but walked Terrance Gore, loading the bases. A walk to Ramon Torres forced in the go-ahead run, and after Ronald Pena relieved Lee, Threlkeld lined a single to left field that scored Donato and Gore, giving the Legends a 4-1 lead.

The Legends added their final run in the eighth. Fred Ford doubled with two outs. Donato was intentionally walked. Cuckovich grounded to third baseman Mike McQuillan, but Pleffner, the first baseman, came off the first base bag before catching the throw from McQuillan.   Cuckovich was ruled safe, and Ford scored on the play. 

Christian Binford (8-5) got the win after working the first five innings. He allowed one unearned run and lowered his earned run average for the season to 1.87, second best in the South Atlantic League. Chas Byrne retired nine straight hitters in the sixth, seventh and eighth, and John Walter pitched a perfect ninth inning for Lexington.

Lee (4-3) was the losing pitcher.

The two teams meet again Friday night in the second game of their four-game series. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) Mark Threlkeld drove in three ...

Updated: Aug 09, 2013 7:49am PST

Legends v Asheville 08-06-13 : WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) Cam Gallagher's two-run single in the fifth inning gave Lexington the lead, and the Legends held on for a 4-3 win over the Asheville Tourists Tuesday night.

The win assures that the Legends will hold on to first place in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League. Lexington led Augusta by one-half game going into Tuesday night's play, and Augusta defeated Rome 6-3 in 12 innings.

Asheville jumped in front with two runs in the first inning. Matt Wessinger drew a leadoff walk and stole second. Derek Jones reached first on a third-strike wild pitch as Wessinger moved to third. Rosell Herrera followed with a single, scoring Wessinger.   A single by Matt Argyropoulos scored Jones with the second run.

Ben Waldrip's solo homer in the second inning gave Asheville a 3-0 lead.

The Legends came back with two runs in the bottom of the second. Mark Donato led off with a single, and Gallagher walked. After Fred Ford struck out, Nic Cuckovich walked, loading the bases.   A single by Alex Hudak scored Donato, and a sacrifice fly by Ramon Torres brought Gallagher home, cutting the lead to 3-2. It was Torres' first game with the Legends. He had joined the team earlier in the day after being promoted from Burlington of the Appalachian League.

The Legends rallied again in the fifth. Raul Mondesi led off with a bunt single and moved to second as Mark Threlkeld grounded out. Bubba Starling beat out an infield hit to third as Mondesi held at second. 

The runners moved up as Donato grounded out to first. Gallagher followed with the decisive hit, a ground single into left field, scoring Mondesi and Starling and putting the Legends in the lead for good.

Zeb Sneed (1-0), who entered the game at the start of the fifth inning in relief of Miguel Almonte, got the win. He pitched three and two-thirds scoreless innings while allowing one hit. He struck out three batters and walked none. John Walter got the final out in the eighth with the potential tying run at third base, and then retired the Tourists in order in the ninth for his seventh save in seven save opportunities. 

Asheville reliever Trent Blank (0-1), who entered the game in the bottom of the fifth, was the losing pitcher. 

The Legends have won the first two games in the three-game series, which concludes Wednesday. First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m.

Legends v Asheville 08-06-13

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Legends v Asheville 08-05-13 : WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) Bubba Starling's single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Lexington Legends a 2-1 walk-off win over the Asheville Tourists Monday night. 

The win keeps the Legends in first place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division. They lead by one-half game over Augusta, which defeated Rome 7-4.

Asheville scored a run in the first inning on a double by Derek Jones, a wild pitch and a ground out by Rosell Herrera. The Legends tied the game in the bottom of the second on a leadoff double by Starling and a two-out double by Fred Ford.

The score remained 1-1 until the ninth. With one out, Terrance Gore was hit by a pitch.   Gore, who was hit in the head, was quickly back on his feet after going down, but had to leave the game and was replaced by pinch-runner Alex Hudak.   Hudak was forced at second on Raul Mondesi's bunt back to pitcher Rayan Gonzalez, but Mark Threlkeld followed with a double, leaving runners at second and third. Starling, on an 0-2 pitch, lined a hit into right field, scoring Mondesi with the winning run. Starling had three of the Legends' five hits.

Clayton Schulz (3-3), who entered the game in the eighth inning, got the win. Gonzalez (2-3) took the loss.

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WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) Bubba Starling's single in the ...

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Legends v Power 07-29-13 : (WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) Lexington starter Christian Binford pitched six scoreless innings and Bubba Starling drove in three runs as the Legends held off a late West Virginia rally to take a 9-6 victory Sunday afternoon.

The Legends took a 1-0 lead in the second inning.   Mark Donato struck out, but reached base on a wild pitch. Cam Gallagher was hit by a pitch, and Fred Ford walked to load the bases. Donato scored on Terrance Gore's single.

Michael Antonio's solo homer in the fourth gave the Legends a 2-0 lead. Mark Threlkeld's RBI double in the fifth made it 3-0, and Kenny Diekroeger drove in a run with a single in the sixth for a 4-0 lead.

The Legends added a run in the seventh when Raul Mondesi singled, stole second, went to third on a throwing error and scored on a single by Bubba Starling. 

The Power came back with three runs in the eighth inning. Dilson Herrera led off with a walk and moved to third on a single by Josh Bell. Bell was thrown out trying to go to second on the hit. Herrera later scored on a wild pitch.   After Jordan Steranka flied out, Walker Gourley and Luis Urena hit back-to-back homers to cut the Legends' lead to two at 5-3.

The Legends answered with four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Ford led off with his 11th home run of the year. Diekroeger followed with a single. After Gore struck out, Mondesi singled, moving Diekroeger to second. Threlkeld's ground out moved the runners to second and third, and both scored on Starling's base hit. Starling took second on the throw to the plate, and he scored on Donato's single, giving he Legends a 9-3 lead.

But the Power rallied again in the ninth. Kawika Emsley-Pai and Chris Diaz singled, and after Max Moroff grounded out, Herrera hit a three-run homer. Bell struck out for the second out, but Steranka singled. Legends reliever Mark Peterson then struck out Gourley to end the game.

Binford (7-4) struck out 12 batters and walked one in earning the win. He lowered his earned run average to 1.89, second best in the South Atlantic League behind C.J. Edwards, formerly of Hickory, who had a 1.83 ERA before his recent trade to the Chicago Cubs organization. West Virginia starter Luis Heredia (2-3) was the losing pitcher. Peterson, who entered the game with two outs in the eighth inning, picked up his 14th save.

The Lexington victory, coupled with second-place Charleston's loss to Greensboro, gives the Legends a lead of a game and a half over Charleston in the South Atlantic League Southern Division race.

Legends v Power 07-29-13

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(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) Lexington starter Christian B ...

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