Legends win thriller at home

By Tyler Spayner

The Lexington Legends defeated the West Virginia Power 3-2 in a Tuesday night showdown at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The Legends improved to 23-21 on the season while the Power dropped to 14-31, the second worst record in the South Atlantic League.

Legends starting pitcher Nick Tropeano “pitched good” according to manager Ivan De Jesus. Tropeano struck out eight batters, including a stretch of four in row, while allowing only one earned run on four hits in six and one-third innings.

“He reached his pitch count, and that’s the reason he came out,” De Jesus added.

Power pitcher Zach Dodson started a bit slower, walking three of the first four batters he faced and allowing the Legends to take the early lead. Dodson calmed down after that striking out five batters himself.

Through six innings, the Legends held a 1-0 lead before allowing the Power to score two runs in the top of the seventh on a double steal and a two-out RBI triple. The Legends answered right back, regaining the lead on Drew Muren’s two-run blast to right field.

“We got the hits when we needed them,” commented De Jesus following the win. “We battled.”

The Power looked to threaten again in the ninth, as a leadoff single and an errant pick off throw put the tying run in scoring position. However closer Jason Chowing came to the rescue, striking out the next three Power batters and getting his eighth save in nine tries.

The Legends look to win the series Wednesday night, first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.