The Lexington Legends and West Virginia Power split a pair of games Thursday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The Legends won 3-2 in the completion of a game suspended July 6 in Charleston, West Virginia. The Power took the regularly scheduled game 4-3 in 10 innings.
The suspended game had been stopped due to rain in Charleston July 6 in the bottom of the fifth inning with the Legends leading 3-1. They had broken a 1-1 tie by scoring two runs in the top of the fifth. With two outs, Terrance Gore was hit by a pitch. Raul Mondesi tripled to score Gore, and Mondesi came home on a passed ball.
After the game resumed in Lexington, the Power, playing as the home team, cut the lead to one with a run in the bottom of the eighth on a double by Jordan Steranka, a single by Eric Wood and a wild pitch. Raul Fortunato followed with a double, but reliever John Walter, after walking Kawika Emsley-Pai, got the final out the of the inning and then pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his fifth save.
Aroni Nina (8-3), who entered the game in the third and worked five innings, got the win.
West Virginia starter John Kuchno (5-5) took the loss.
In the regularly scheduled game, which was to be a seven-inning game, the Legends took the lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Mark Threlkeld singled, stole second, went to third on a ground out, and scored on a single by Mark Donato.
West Virginia answered with a run in the top of the fifth when Max Moroff’s two-out single scored Francisco Diaz from second base.
The score remained 1-1 until the top of the seventh. Francisco Diaz led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Chris Diaz. Moroff’s line drive to deep left bounced back onto the field, but was ruled to have cleared the left field fence for a home run, giving the Power a 3-1 lead. Legends’ manager Brian Buchanan was ejected during an argument about the call.
The Legends rallied in the bottom of the seventh to send the game to extra innings. Cam Gallagher drew a leadoff walk and, after Antonio popped out, moved to second base on a wild pitch. He scored on Fred Ford’s double. Ford advanced to third on a ground out by Kenny Diekroeger, and scored the tying run on Gore’s single. Gore stole second, and tried to score the winning run on Threlkeld’s single to left, but was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Jonathan Schwind.
In the top of the 10th, Steranka led off with an infield hit and took second when Mondesi, the shortstop, threw past first base. Eric Wood put down a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by the catcher, Gallagher, but second baseman Diekroeger, who was covering first, missed the catch for an error, allowing Steranka to score.
Cesar Lopez (1-1), who entered the game in the seventh, got the win. Kevin Allen (2-1), who relieved in the eighth inning, took the loss.
The Legends and Power will play Friday night at 7:05 p.m.
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