Lexington Legends Drop Series to West Virginia Power


The Lexington Legends drop the series to the West Virginia Power in a game four loss, 5-1. The Legends drop to 31-26 on the season and the Power improves to 29-26.

The Power plated their first runs in the bottom of the third. Brett Pope was hit by a pitch then advanced to third on two separate wild pitches thrown by Janser Lara. Calvin Mitchell drew a walk to put runners at first and third. Deon Stafford Jr. doubled home both runners and the Power led 2-0.

In the top of the fifth, M.J. Melendez smacked a solo home run to left field and the Legends were on the board, 2-1.

In the bottom of the seventh, Mitchell reached again with a single to center field. Stafford Jr. singled, putting runners at first and second. Ben Bengston doubled to right field, scoring both runs and West Virginia extended their lead, 4-1. 

The Power brought home their final run of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning. Ryan Peurifoy doubled to left field then advanced to third on a wild pitch by Sal Biasi. Oneil Cruz then lined an RBI single to center field and West Virginia led 5-1.

Lara was given the loss for the Legends, tossing 4.0 innings allowing two runs on three hits while walking four and striking out five. Gavin Wallace was awarded the win, pitching 8.0 innings allowing one run on five hits while striking out seven. Wallace did not allow a free pass. 

The Legends will now travel to Asheville, NC to face the Asheville Tourists. They will begin the series with a doubleheader beginning at 4:35 p.m. The Tourists will send RHP Antonio Santos (1-7, 4.24 ERA) in game one and RHP Erick Julio (1-1, 5.74 ERA) to the mound in game two. Lexington is TBD for both games. 

The Legends, a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and member of the South Atlantic League, play all home games at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Kentucky. For ticket information, call (859) 422-7867 or visit LexingtonLegends.com