Lexington Legends Drop Game Two to Columbia Fireflies


WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK (Lexington, KY) – The Lexington Legends dropped the second game of the series to the Columbia Fireflies, 6-3 on Monday, June 24. The Fireflies now improve their record to 37-35 while the Legends drop to 37-36.

Columbia plated their first run in the top of the first inning. Edgardo Fermin lined a leadoff double down the left field line then Ali Sanchez brought him home with an RBI single up the middle to put the Fireflies ahead 1-0.

In the top of the third, Blake Tiberi blasted a homer to left field, extending Columbia’s lead 2-0.

The Legends first scored in the bottom of the fourth inning. Ricky Aracena lined a double off the right field wall then advanced to third on a groundout by Cal Jones. Brewer Hicklen popped up a sacrifice fly to right field, allowing Aracena to score and Lexington was on the board, 2-1. 

The Fireflies continued scoring in the top of the fifth inning. Edgardo Fermin sent a double to left centerfield then was doubled home by Ali Sanchez. With Sanchez at second, Scott Manea hit a two-run bomb to left field and Columbia led 5-1. 

Columbia scored their final run in the top of the sixth inning. Quinn Brodey crushed a solo homer to right field, putting the Fireflies up 6-1.

In the bottom of the seventh, Nick Pratto reached on a single to right field, his third hit of the night, then went to second on a wild pitch. Seuly Matias and Manny Olloque drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Cristian Perez then lined a two-run single to deep left centerfield, to pull the Legends within three runs.

Darwin Ramos was awarded the win for the Fireflies, tossing 3.0 innings allowing two runs on two hits while walking two and striking out four. Holden Capps was given the loss pitching 4.0 innings allowing two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out one. 

The Legends and Fireflies meet for the series finale tomorrow, June 26 at 7:05 p.m. Lexington will send RHP Andres Sotillet (5-4, 3.80 ERA) to face RHP Chris Viall (2-4, 5.40 ERA) for Columbia. The Lexington Legends will honor the reality cooking competition television series, Top Chef, currently touring the Commonwealth for their upcoming season, with their very own Top Chef: Lexington Legends night on Tuesday, June 26 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The television show on Bravo features chefs competing against each other in various culinary challenges. They are judged by a panel of professional chefs and other notables from the food and wine industry with one or more contestants eliminated in each episode. Each season, the show highlights a new and up-and-coming culinary scene in cities and states throughout the world. After a red carpet showing by Commonwealth representatives, the producers chose Kentucky as the location for the 18th season. The famous chef judges and television series will be in Kentucky filming various locations in Louisville, Lexington and Lake Cumberland throughout the month of June. Scenes and episodes from Top Chef Kentucky will air later this year on Bravo. During the 25¢ Hot Dog Tuesday game, the Legends will conduct their very own cooking challenge, Top Chef: Lexington Legends, between kid “cheftestants” selected in attendance before the game. The kid cheftestants will compete in various challenges and the winning dish from each challenge will be featured on the Kentucky Ale Taproom menu for the rest of the season. The kid chefs will be cooking from the Stables kitchen located down the 1st base line at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The top chef from the competition will also win a Legends Ultimate Prize pack and be invited back for a game to be honored. If you have a child interested in competing in Top Chef: Lexington Legends on Tuesday, June 26, please contact Ty Cobb with the Legends at (859) 422-7844 or email at [email protected].

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.