Lexington 11, Lancaster 10 (10 innings)
LEXINGTON, KY.- Cesar Cuevas, playing in his first full professional season, came up with three crucial singles, including the game winning hit, as the Lexington Legends rallied for an 11-10 extra inning victory over the Lancaster Barnstormers Wednesday afternoon at Wild Health Field.
After the Barnstormers built a 7-1 lead through the first five innings, Lexington battled back, and it was Cuevas in the middle of the three surges. The 22-year old Californian smacked a game-tying single into right in the sixth to tie the score at seven. Two innings later, he greeted Cole Aker with an RBI single to left, slicing Lancaster’s second lead to 9-8.
Finally, as the first batter to face Bret Clarke (1-1) in the bottom of the tenth, he knocked home courtesy runner Manuel Geraldo with a single to center to end the lengthy afternoon.
For a while, it appeared that the Barnstormers would have an easy afternoon. Andretty Cordero single home a pair of runs in the first and keyed a two-run third with a triple to right center. Trayvon Robinson singled home two more in the top of the fifth, and he would score himself on a throwing error.
Meanwhile, Brooks Hall was cruising with a two-hitter until the bottom of the sixth opened with a Boog Powell single and a walk to Tillman Pugh. Hall managed to get outs from Brandon Phillips and Phil Ervin, but Isaias Tejeda reached him for a three-run homer to left center to cut the lead to 7-4. Hall then yielded a double to Dwight Smith, Jr. and a walk to Blake Swihart before leaving.
Geraldo greeted Donald Goodson with a double to left center field to plate two before the first heroic hit by Cuevas.
Lancaster jumped back ahead in the eighth. With two outs, Anthony Peroni singled into center. Shawon Dunston, Jr. dropped a bunt down, and reliever Jeff Johnson made a wild throw giving Lancaster runners at second and third. Melvin Mercedes lined a single to left center.
After Cuevas’ second hit brought Lexington within one, Powell looped a double into shallow left to score Geraldo and Cuevas to give the Legends their first lead of the series. Daniel Gibson had the Barnstormers down to a final strike when Colton Shaver unloaded his 10th homer of the season to retie the game.
Mason Cole (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th as courtesy runner Anthony Peroni was thrown out at the plate by first baseman Montrell Marshall on a slow grounder by Kelly Dugan.
The series will conclude on Thursday evening. Cameron Gann (4-4) will make the start for Lancaster. Fans may tune into the YouTube broadcast beginning at 6:30.
NOTES: Cordero batted safely for the 18th straight game when playing a defensive position…Overall, he has hit safely in 33 of 39…The Barnstormers stole four bases, tying the season high…Robinson is 7-for-13 in the last three games…Lancaster is 2-2 in extra inning games on the road trip and now 3-5 on the season…Anderson Feliz, batting exclusively left-handed as the result of an injury may be onto something…He was 3-for-3 off lefties in the game.
High Point 6, Charleston 1
High Point starter Ivan Pineyro (W, 2-0) went six innings, yielded just three hits and one run while recording eight strikeouts. John Hayes went 2.1 innings and gave up one hit while Kyle Mott recorded the final two outs of the game.
Michael Martinez and Giovanny Alfonzo led the offensive with three hits and an RBI apiece. Zander Wiel drove in a pair of runs with his 14th homer of the season.
The Dirty Birds took an early 1-0 lead off Pineyro when Nick Heath hit his first homer of the year to right field. But little did Charleston know, that would be their only run of the night.
Charleston lefty Derrick Adams didn’t allow a run through the first two innings, but the Rockers tied the game in the third when Alfonzo and Jay Gonzalez started the frame with singles. Ben Aklinski grounded to shortstop Connor Justus who flipped to Diego Goris at second to force Gonzalez but Goris’ throw to first was wide of the bag allowing Alfonso to score.
The Rockers then took the lead with a three-run fifth inning. Jerry Downs led off with a single before Zander Wiel blasted a two-run homer, putting High Point ahead 3-1. Logan Morrison was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a single by Martinez. Alfonzo then singled up the middle to score Morrison for a 4-1 Rockers’ advantage.
In the sixth, Charleston reliever Francisco Carrillo issued walks to Aklinski and Downs then Morrison stroked a double to right to bring home Aklinski. Downs then scored on a Martinez single to put the Rockers ahead 6-1.
High Point and Charleston will conclude their three-game series on Thursday night with a 6:35 p.m. start at Appalachian Power Park.
Staten Island 5, Long Island 1
STATEN ISLAND, NY— Anthony Rodriguez tossed a career-high six innings on Wednesday, helping lead the FerryHawks to a 5-1 win over the Ducks at SIUH Community Park. The rookie southpaw allowed just three hits over his six frames to pick up his second Atlantic League win and snap the FerryHawks five game losing skid.
Staten Island grabbed the first lead of the game in the second inning and never relinquished it. Joseph Reyes collected the first of his two RBI doubles against Ducks starter Scott Harkin, driving in Mariel Bautista for the 1-0 lead. Reyes’ fourth-inning two-bagger scored Angel Aguilar to double the lead to 2-0.
Antoine DuPlantis sparked the fifth inning rally for Staten Island that extended the lead to 4-0. His single drove home Alfredo Reyes, before Aguilar’s sacrifice fly plated Duplantis. The FerryHawks left fielder also thieved third base to get into position for the Aguilar sacrifice fly.
RHP Scott Harkin (4-6) allowed seven hits and four runs over his five innings. He walked two FerryHawks without a strikeout.
LHP Anthony Rodriguez (2-4) allowed a season-low three hits, while walking just one batter. The lone Ducks run came courtesy of L.J. Mazzilli’s sixth-inning solo blast.
Ricardo Cespedes supplied an insurance run in the seventh, doubling in Aguilar to extend the lead to 5-1
RHP Connor Law and RHP Victor Capellan combined to blank the Ducks over the final three innings.
Staten Island (18-42) and Long Island finish off their three-game series Thursday at SIUH Community Park. RHP Nick Carrell gets the ball for the FerryHawks, while RHP Akeel Morris pitches for the Ducks. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM with the FerryHawks pregame show beginning at 6:15 PM.
Postgame Notes: Angel Aguilar extended his hitting streak to nine games, has three straight multi-hit games, and a team-best 20 multi-hit performances this season...Alfredo Reyes led the team with (3) hits, his second three-hit game of the season...All three of Joseph Reyes’ hits this season are extra-base hits (home run, double, double)...
Kentucky 11, Gastonia 2
GASTONIA, N.C. - The Wild Health Genomes (29-30) scored nine times in the first three innings to take down the Gastonia Honey Hunters 11-2 on Wednesday night at Caromont Health Park.
On the heels of clinching the South Division First Half crown, Gastonia fell behind early on the strength of three Wild Health home runs in the second inning. Moises Sierra, Chris Shaw and Chase Vallot each homered in the frame off Gastonia starter Jerry Keel.
In the third, things got progressively worse for the Honey Hunters, as Wild Health sent eleven men to the plate, chasing Keel from the game. The six run outburst would stake Wild Health to a 9-1 lead.
From there, Gastonia(41-19) was never able to recover.
Elih Villanueva pitched seven strong innings for Wild Health, scattering seven hits while striking out five. The win for Villanueva was his fourth of the season.
Keel took the loss, falling to 4-2 on the year.
For Gastonia, Zach Jarrett had a multi-hit game while driving in one of the two runs on the evening. Jarrett and Rayder Ascanio accounted for the only two extra-base hits of the game.
Jimmy Paredes and Moises Sierra each collected three hits on the night to lead the 13-hit Genomes attack.
Game three of the series will serve as the rubber game, pitting Reilly Hovis against the Genomes.
Southern Maryland 7, York 6
The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs have now won three consecutive games as they took down the York Revolution 7-6.The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs trailed multiple times throughout the game, but came back each time, with Michael Wielansky driving in the walk-off run.
In the top of the first, the Revs got the action going quickly against Daryl Thompson.After a leadoff single from Yefri Perez, Elmer Reyes blasted a two-run shot over the wall in left, giving the Revs a 2-0 start.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Blue Crabs tallied three runs.After Sundberg struck out, Michael Wielansky walked. Jared Walker grounded one up the middle for a hit, advancing Wielansky to third base. David Harris then drove a single through the right side, scoring Wielansky. The Blue Crabs tacked on two more runs with a sacrifice fly from Joe DeLuca and an RBI single from Ryan Haug, putting the Blue Crabs on top 3-2.
The Revs picked up two more runs in the sixth inning. Nellie Rodriguez and Carlos Franco hit back-to-back doubles to tie the game. Josue Herrera gave the Revs the lead in the sixth on a ground ball through the right side, scoring Franco.
The Revs’ lead was short-lived. Michael Wielansky doubled to deep right field before Jared Walker walked.On the first pitch to David Harris, he destroyed a two-run shot to left, over the Mini Monster, giving the Blue Crabs a 6-4 lead.
Daryl Thompson departed after seven innings, allowing four runs and striking out 11 batters.Endrys Briceño pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, striking out two. The Blue Crabs turned to Mat Latos in the ninth (BS, 4) (W, 2-2). After recording the first two outs, he allowed four consecutive batters to reach, tying the score at 6-6.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Blue Crabs rallied.Matt Hibbert singled off of Nick Howard (L, 0-1) to get things started. Howard recorded the next two outs before Jack Sundberg singled up the middle, advancing Hibbert to second. The next batter, Michael Wielansky, ripped a line drive to right field, scoring Hibbert to give the Blue Crabs a 7-6 win.
The Blue Crabs look to sweep the series tomorrow as they return to Regency Furniture Stadium for game three of the series at 6:35 pm.
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