The Lexington Legends were shutout for the first time in 2018 by the West Virginia Power, 6-0 in game one of the three game series. Beau Sulser (1-0, 0.00 ERA) earned the win for the Power while Daniel Tillo (0-1, 3.52 ERA) was given the loss for the Legends.
The Power started scoring in the first inning. Lolo Sanchez reached on a leadoff single to left field then advanced to second on a single by Cal Mitchell. Sanchez scored on a fielder’s choice by Deon Stafford and the Power led, 1-0.
In the third inning, Sanchez reached again on a leadoff walk, then an RBI double to right field plated Sanchez and West Virginia led 2-0. First baseman Mason Martin brought home Mitchell, further extending the Power’s lead to 3-0.
In the fourth inning, Sanchez reached base for the third time in the ballgame, on a fielder’s choice then was brought home again on a double to right field by Mitchell.
Oneil Cruz reached on a leadoff single in the fifth inning. Martin then moved Cruz to second when he was hit by a pitch, then Ben Bengston loaded the bases after he was walked by Lexington’s pitcher, Daniel Tillo. The Legends then brought in Carter Hope to pitch with the bases loaded. He walked Chris Sharpe, which brought in Cruz, and the Power continued to extend their lead, 5-0.
The Power plated their final run of the game in the seventh inning. After Sal Biasi struck out the first two batters, Ben Bengston smacked a solo home run to the roof of the Pepsi Party Deck in left field.
The Legends and Power meet again tomorrow night, Saturday, April 28 at 6:35 p.m. at Whitaker Bank Ballpark for game two. The Legends will send RHP Janser Lara (0-0, 1.13 ERA) to face LHP Ike Schlabach (0-0, 4.20 ERA) of the Power.
The Salato Wildlife Education Center will be on hand during the game with a display featuring some of the animals from their site! They will have owls, turtles, snakes and more for fans to interact and learn more about. Also, any student that participated in the Legends’ Hit the Books Reading Program can redeem their bookmark for two free box seats at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark Box Office. It will also be the second night of the Hatfield and McCoy rivalry presented by Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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.