Strong hitting and shutout pitching propelled the Lexington Legends 6-0 over the West Virginia Power in game one of a three game series at Appalachian Power Park. The Legends now improve to 42-39 on the season while the Power drops to 45-34.
The Legends first scored in the top of the second inning. Sebastian Rivero singled to centerfield then moved to third on a double by Cristian Perez. With runners at second and third, Marten Gasparini hit a single to right field, scoring Rivero and moving Perez to third. Ricky Aracena then lined a two-run single to center field plating Perez and Gasparini putting Lexington on top, 3-0.
In the top of the fifth, Dennicher Carrasco singled to center field to lead off the inning. Rivero then doubled him home extending Lexington’s lead 4-0.
In the top of the eighth, Gasparini drew a one-out walk then scored on an RBI double to left field by Brewer Hicklen. MJ Melendez hit a groundball to the second baseman, Rodolfo Castro who committed a fielding error, allowing Hicklen to score making it 6-0.
Carlos Hernandez was awarded the win for the Legends pitching 7.0 shutout innings on three hits while walking one and striking out five. Domingo Robles was given the loss for the Power, tossing 6.0 innings allowing four runs (two earned) on 11 hits while walking one and striking out six.
The Legends and the Power will meeting again tomorrow, July 5 at 7:05 p.m. Lexington will send Garrett Davila (3-4, 4.28 ERA) to the mound to face Max Kranick (1-3, 3.51 ERA).
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.