Down by six runs in the third inning, Rome mounts late rally to bring down Legends, 7-6

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Kevin Josephina’s double scored Matt Gonzalez with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Rome Braves came back from a six-run deficit to beat the Lexington Legends 7-6 Thursday night in Rome.

With one out in the ninth, Gonzalez singled and came around to score on Josephina’s line drive double to center field.

Lexington jumped out to the early lead with two runs in the second inning. Emmanuel Rivera led off with a single. He moved to second on a wild pitch, to third on a ground out by Meibrys Viloria, and scored on a single by Amalani Fukofuka. Fukofuka stole second and third and came home on a ground out by Marten Gasparini.

Kort Peterson had three hits in the game for Lexington. (Mary Lay/Lexington Legends)

The Legends increased their lead to 6-0 with four runs in the third. Khalil Lee led off with a single and stole second. After Gabriel Cancel walked, Kort Peterson singled, loading the bases. Lee scored as Joe Dudek grounded out to first, and Rivera doubled home another run. Peterson scored on a ground out by Viloria, and Rivera came home on a throwing error by first baseman Anthony Concepcion.

Rome began its comeback with a run in the third, and the Braves added two more in the sixth. Juan Yepez led off with a double and held second as Gonzalez bunted for a hit. After Josephina lined out to left field, Lucas Herbert walked, loading the bases. Two runs scored when Rivera, the third baseman, committed an error on a ball hit by Concepcion.

A three-run rally in the bottom of the eighth tied the game. Herbert, Tanner Murphy and Concepcion drew walks to start the inning. After Matt Wynne relieved Julio Pinto for the Legends, Randy Ventura struck out, but Marcus Mooney singled home two runs, and Concepcion scored as Mooney was caught between first and second. That tied the game at 6-6, and the Legends did not score in the top of the ninth, setting up the game winning run in the bottom half.

Jon Kennedy (3-0), who pitched the eighth and ninth innings for Rome, got the win. Wynne (1-1) was the losing pitcher.

Game two of the four-game series will be played Friday night. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

Legends and lululemon of Lexington Green Partner for Complimentary Yoga On-Field

For the first time ever, the field at Whitaker Bank Ballpark will host a 60-minute complimentary yoga session prior to the Lexington Legends home game versus the Columbia Fireflies on May 28, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.

The Lexington Legends have joined into a partnership with lululemon of Lexington Green for a 60-minute vinyasa flow yoga session suitable for Beginners to Advanced yogis, led by instructor Brooke Williams. Participants can bend and zen then enjoy post-practice $2 mimosas in the Kentucky Ale Taproom.

“We’re so excited to partner with the Legends for this great event. It is something we’ve wanted to do for a while” states Tommie Dunlap, Key Leader for lululemon of Lexington Green. “We love teaming up with local athletes and sports teams—yoga is at the heart of lululemon, so what better opportunity is there than this complimentary on-field yoga at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.”

Participants of the yoga event the morning of May 28th are encouraged to attend the Legends home game that afternoon at 2:05pm when the Legends take on Tim Tebow and the Columbia Fireflies, as they will be recognized on-field during the Legends’ pre-game festivities.

“The Legends love hosting events where the community can come together and experience the ballpark in a different light” states Sarah Bosso, Legends Vice President of Business Development. “Being able to be out in the sun on the outfield grass is something magical and not a regular occurrence for most fans, so I highly encourage yogis and non-yogis alike to come out and join us for this first-time event! Also, partnering with a reputable brand like lululemon makes this even more exciting for all involved.”

Yoga participants are encouraged to bring their own mat and water bottle. Gates will open at 9 a.m. for a prompt 9:30 a.m. session start time. lululemon of Lexington Green is also offering all fans of the May 28 Legends home game the opportunity to bring their game ticket stub into their store location for 10 percent off their next purchase, with the offer expiring May 31, 2017.

For more information about the Complimentary On-Field Yoga event, contact Sarah Bosso at sbosso@lexingtonlegends.com or 859 422-7855.

The Legends, a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and a member of the South Atlantic League, start off a seven-game home stand on May 22, 2017 at 7:05pm at Whitaker Bank Ballpark against the Hickory Crawdads, an affiliate of the Texas Rangers. For ticket information, call (859) 422-7867 or visit lexingtonlegends.com.

From Legends Communications

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