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Asheville rolls Legends in road finale; homestand features DeMarcus Cousins Bobblehead Night

Peter Lambert and Dylan Craig combined for a four-hit shutout, and Terry McClure had three hits and three runs batted in as the Asheville Tourists rolled to a 10-0 win over the Lexington Legends Wednesday night in Asheville.

Asheville scored three runs in the first inning. With two outs and no one on base, Brendan Rodgers was hit by a pitch. He stole second base and came home on a base hit by Brian Mundell. After Yonathan Daza walked, McClure’s single scored Mundell and sent Daza to third. McClure stole second, and Daza came home on catcher Xavier Fernandez’ throwing error.


The Tourists added four runs in the fourth inning. A triple by Max George and a double by Josh Fuentes produced a run. Fuentes came home on a single by Mylz Jones. Jones stole second and scored on Chris Rabago’s single. After Rabago stole second, Rodgers hit a grounder to Marten Gasparini at shortstop, and first baseman Samir Duenez was unable to handle the throw to first. Duenez was charged with an error, and Rabago scored on the play, giving Asheville a 7-0 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, a double by Jones, a walk to Mundell and a double by Daza scored one run, and McClure followed with a two-run single to wrap up the scoring.

Lambert (1-1) pitched the first five innings and got the win. He allowed two hits, struck out four batters and walked none. Craig finished the game and was awarded a save, his first of the season. He gave up two hits, struck out two batters and walked none.

Legends starter Nolan Watson (0-1) was the losing pitcher.

The Legends won two out of three in the series, and will return home to face the West Virginia Power in a four-game series beginning Thursday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Cousins Bobblehead give away highlights homestand

A former University of Kentucky basketball star will be recognized with a bobblehead giveaway Friday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The bobblehead of DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins is part of a four-game Lexington Legends homestand that opens Thursday night.

In addition, jerseys worn by Legends players for Saturday night’s game will honor 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Fans can take part in a raffle or a silent auction to win or buy a jersey.

The Legends, class A affiliate of the World Series champion Kansas City Royals, will play at home Thursday through Sunday against the West Virginia Power, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The schedule:

Thursday, April 21: Legends vs. West Virginia, 7:05 p.m. Every Thursday home game is a Kentucky Ale Thirsty Thursday, and beer and Pepsi products will sell for one dollar each. Every Thursday is also Bark in the Park night, and fans can bring their dogs to the game. A two-dollar donation for each dog will go to a local animal shelter.

Friday, April 22: Legends vs. West Virginia, 7:05 p.m. A bobblehead depicting Cousins, now with the Sacramento Kings of the NBA, will be given to the first 1,000 fans entering the ballpark.

Saturday, April 23: Legends vs. West Virginia, 6:35 p.m. Legends will wear uniform jerseys patterned after the silks worn by jockey Victor Espinoza when he rode American Pharoah to victory in the 2015 Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. Fans can win one of the special jerseys in either of two ways: For five dollars each, fans can buy scratch-off tickets during the game, and winning tickets can be exchanged for a jersey. Also during the game, fans can bid on jerseys in a silent auction that will be set up on the concourse outside the Kentucky Ale Taproom. Proceeds will go to Legends Charities Fund.

Sunday, April 24: Legends vs. West Virginia, 2:05 p.m. It’s a JIF Kids Club Sunday. Kids Club members receive free admission to the game. All kids may run the bases after the game. Membership in the Kids Club is free.

“It’s a short homestand, but one that has a lot of great attractions,” said Legends President/CEO Andy Shea. “It will be a big weekend of fun and Legends baseball at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.”

For ticket information, call 859 422-7867 or visit www.lexingtonlegends.com.

From Legends Communications

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