The Lexington Legends hosted local school systems today in their first education day game of the season. The game began at 10:30 AM and had over thirty schools in attendance, the biggest group ever to attend the promotion since it began. It was a brisk 40 degrees at first pitch but was a beautiful morning and the sell out crowd of 7766 in attendance saw a great pitching performance from the opposing pitcher and a couple of rally’s from the home team in this one.
Things got started in the opening inning when the Greenville Drive, affiliate for the Boston Redsox, when Kevin Suarez bunted the first pitch of the day for a base hit. He advanced to second on a throwing error by the Legends and scored when Pedro Castellanos, the 18th top prospect in the Redsox organization, brought him home with a single. The run was unearned but after an inning the Drive led 1-0. Kutter Crawford, starter for Greenville, was dominant early. He struck out the last hitter of the first inning and then struck out the side in the second inning. The Legends were able to jump on him in the fourth inning when catcher MJ Melendez tripled off the right field wall and then scored on a fielders choice to tie the game at one. Crawford went five strong innings allowing three hits, no walks and striking out eight. He allowed one run but would not be involved in the decision in this one. In the sixth inning the wheels came off the bus for Lexington when Dillon Drabble came in the game in relief of starter Garrett Davila. Davila went five and to thirds, allowed five hits, two runs (one earned), walked four and struck out three. Drabble was the wild thing in this one, he hit the first two hitters he faced and loaded the bases with two outs. He walked in a run and then on a long fly ball to center field that should have been caught, Michael Osinski brought everyone home on a four base error giving the Drive a 6-1 entering the seventh inning. In the seventh the Legends got a lead off single from Vance Vizcaino but two quick outs and it appeared that the hit would be wasted. Oliver Nunez and Seuly Matias drew back to back walks to load the bases and Travis Jones clears the bases with a double bringing the Legends within a run at 6-5. Melendez gets his second triple of the game bringing home Jones and tying the game at 6 apiece. In the bottom of the eighth Ricky Aracena led off with a double, moves to third on a sac bunt and then came home on a short sacrifice fly into left field by Oliver Nunez giving Lexington it’s first lead of the game at 7-6. That sequence was a perfect example of playing “small ball” and getting the run home. Still in the eighth inning and with two outs Marten Gasparini hits his first home run of the season, a two run jack, putting the Legends up 9-6. Up three going into the final frame Tyler Zuber pitches a perfect inning and records his second save of the season as the Legends sweep the Drive and improve to 6-1 on the season.
Lexington with nine runs on eight hits and they commit three errors. For Greenville they record six runs on five hits and commit four errors. Lexington now goes on the road as they head to Augusta and Hickory for a seven game road trip. Next game is Thursday night at 7:35. They return home April 19th for a series against Hagerstown.