Bender, Eckert team for shutout, keying Legends’ split of doubleheader; bed donation event scheduled

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Lexington starter Anthony Bender and reliever Travis Eckert teamed up for a five-hit shutout as the Legends blanked the Hagerstown Suns 2-0 in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

The Suns came back to take the second game 13-2, breaking it open with an eight-run fifth inning capped by Nick Banks’ grand slam. Hagerstown’s Carlos Pena, who pitched for Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky, allowed seven hits in a complete-game victory.

In the first game, the Legends took the lead with a run in the third inning. Marten Gasparini led off with a double and scored on a two-out single by Joe Dudek.

John Brontsema was three-for-three in the second game and hit his third home run of the season. (Photo by Clinton Riddle)

Gabriel Cancel’s solo homer in the sixth inning provided the Legends’ other run.

Bender, making his first start of the season after 14 relief appearances, allowed four hits in four innings. He walked one batter and struck out three. Eckert (4-6) pitched the last three innings and got the win. He gave up one hit.

South Atlantic League doubleheader games are a regulation seven innings in length.

The Legends claimed the lead in game two with a first-inning run, but Hagerstown came back with four runs in the second. Telmito Agustin led off with a double and moved to third on a single by Tyler Beckwith. A walk to Adderling Ruiz loaded the bases, and Agustin scored on a sacrifice fly by Angelo La Bruna.

Blake Perkins’ squeeze bunt scored Beckwith, and Ruiz came home on a base hit by Aldrem Corredor. Daniel Johnson’s sacrifice fly brought Perkins home with the fourth run of the inning.

John Brontsema’s leadoff homer in the bottom of the second cut the lead to 4-2, but Hagerstown added one run in the fourth before exploding for eight in the fifth.

Banks led off the fifth with a double and advanced to third on a double by Agustin. Beckwith struck out, but Ruiz singled, scoring Banks and sending Agustin to third. La Bruna followed with another single, scoring Agustin. Blake Perkins, walked, loading the bases, and Corredor’s base hit brought Ruiz home. After Daniel Johnson struck out, Anderson Franco walked, forcing in a run to make the score 9-3.

Banks then homered to right field, giving the Suns their final margin.

Pena (5-5), allowed seven hits. He struck out four batters and walked three.

Legends’ starter Ofreidy Gomez (4-8) was the losing pitcher.

The series concludes Monday night. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Legends team with Tempur Sealy, Sleep Outfitters for bed donation event, PJ party

The Lexington Legends have partnered with Tempur Sealy and Sleep Outfitters for ‘Pajama Party Night’ on the July 28 home game versus the Kannapolis Intimidators at 7:05 p.m., the culmination of a summer long partnership between the three Lexington companies.

The partnership started in April with the donation of 30 Tempur-Pedic Twin XL mattress and bed foundations for the Lexington Legends players, and blossomed into a community outreach effort between the three companies which grew to include the Kansas City Royals and North Broadway Auto. Director of Minor League Operations for the Kansas City Royals, Ronnie Richardson, expresses how the impact of such a substantial donation is to a Minor League player who is just beginning their career in baseball.

“The Kansas City Royals and Lexington Legends are really appreciative of the generous donation by Tempur Sealy. The opportunity to provide mattresses for our players here in Lexington really helps us achieve our goal of creating the best possible environment for the players both on and off the field.”

In addition to providing mattresses to Legends players, Tempur Sealy wanted to truly make their donation impactful throughout the Lexington community, which is where the Lexington Legends were able to make the connection and to grow this into a fun community night at the ballpark. One hundred students from Russell Cave Elementary and Winburn Middle School, who have been selected through the Family Resource Coordinators at each school, will be receiving a Tempur-Pedic Twin mattress and bed foundation courtesy of Tempur Sealy and Sleep Outfitters.

Not only will these students be taking home new mattresses, they also will be receiving new bedding courtesy of the Kansas City Royals and/or North Broadway Auto.

“We are just as excited to be able to donate Kansas City Royals bedding as Tempur Sealy donates mattresses to local children in the Lexington community. We want to thank Tempur Sealy and the Lexington Legends for all of the efforts” continues Richardson of the Kansas City Royals. This is a great outreach program and will have a positive impact on the lives of everyone involved.”

The bed donation pick-up event takes place Saturday, July 29 at 9 a.m. For additional information on location, or if media are interested in attending the event, contact Sarah Bosso, Legends Vice President of Business Development.

The Lexington Legends, Tempur Sealy and Sleep Outfitters are rolling out the red carpet for the 100 students at Pajama Party Night, held at Whitaker Bank Ballpark on Friday, July 28. The students and their families will receive transportation to and from the game by Gold Shield charter buses, outfitted in Legends gear, provided game tickets, participate in on-field contests throughout the game and will be the fireworks Grand Marshalls — who will count down the fireworks while sitting atop Tempur-Pedic beds set-up behind homeplate.

They will have a meet and greet session with Legends players on the field where they can get pictures and autographs.

“We are thrilled to be able to be a part of this remarkable event” said Bosso, Legends Vice President of Business Development. “Mattresses, bed foundations and bedding are sometimes an overlooked need and we are so thankful for amazing community partners like Tempur Sealy, Sleep Outfitters, North Broadway Auto and our parent club the Kansas City Royals for being able to help coordinate such an impactful event for the Northside of Lexington.”

The Legends welcome all fans attending the Friday, July 28 game to bring new, unopened twin sheet sets as a donation to the game for the opportunity to watch the fireworks post-game on the outfield. Fans are encouraged to bring blankets to sit on and dress in pajama-like attire to accompany the “Pajama Party” theme of the night.

“Sleep Outfitters is a company that has deep roots in Lexington and we are committed to doing our part to make our hometown an even better place to live” expresses Kim Knopf, Founder and CEO of Sleep Outfitters. “It’s exciting to get to team up with Lexington-based Tempur Sealy and the Lexington Legends to provide the gift of a great night’s sleep to some deserving kids. It’s going to be a pajama party to remember for all of us.”

For more information, contact Bosso at sbosso@lexingtonlegends.com or 859-422-7855.

From Legends Communications

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