Late rally not enough for Legends

The Lexington Legends were close to digging themselves out of an early 6-0 deficit against the Greenville Drive at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, but a three-run ninth inning by the Drive sealed the Legends’ fate. Greenville defeated Lexington 10-6, handing the team its ninth loss on the young season.

The Legends got a less than desirable start from Tanner Bushue on the mound. Bushue lasted just two innings allowing six hits and six runs, five of which were earned. It has been a rough go of it early for Bushue, who dropped to 0-3 on the year and saw his earned run average balloon even further to 22.09.

None of Lexington’s pitchers received much help from their fielders, who committed five errors for the game.

But despite the rocky start and sloppy defense, Lexington found themselves in the middle of a comeback beginning in the bottom of the fourth inning. Still trailing 6-0, Legends’ first baseman Zach Johnson cranked a two-run home run to pull Lexington within four runs.

After giving up a seventh run to Greenville in the top of the fifth, Legends’ shortstop James Howick hit an RBI double to pull Lexington back within four runs. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, left fielder Jordan Scott grounded into a tailor-made double play. After recording the out at second base and making the turn, Greenville shortstop Jose Vinicio had a critical throwing error to first base, allowing two runs to score and pulling the Legends within a pair at 7-5.

In a 7-6 ballgame heading to the ninth inning, Legends’ reliever Murilo Gouvea allowed a two-run home run to Drive left fielder Keury De La Cruz, putting the game out of reach for Lexington. The Drive would push another run across for insurance,

The Legends will have a chance to redeem themselves and win the series in the rubber match with Greenville tomorrow. After that they will hit the road for a four-game series at Kannapolis this weekend.

First pitch for tomorrow’s game is scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET.