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Ex Louisville star Gardner bats Hagerstown past Legends; Harrisons appearing Friday

Anderson Miller drove in Lexington's second run Thursday (Erin Grigson Photo)

Anderson Miller drove in Lexington’s second run Thursday (Erin Grigson Photo)


Former University of Louisville star Jeff Gardner had two hits and scored two runs for Hagerstown as the Suns defeated the Lexington Legends 5-2 Thursday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

The Suns scored a run in the first inning on a single by Matt Reistetter, a walk to Jose Marmolejos and a base hit by Matthew Page.

In the fourth inning, the first three Hagerstown hitters walked, loading the bases. A sacrifice fly by Wilman Rodriguez scored one run. Austin Davidson’s single plated another, and a third run scored when Davidson’s hit got by center fielder Brandon Downes for an error, giving the Suns a 4-0 lead.

Hagerstown scored its final run in the sixth when Gardner doubled, moved to third on a single by Rodriguez and came home on a ground out by Osvaldo Abreu.

The Legends scored both their runs in the bottom of the ninth. DonAndre Clark led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After Brian Bien drew a walk, Chad Johnson singled, scoring Clark. Anderson Miller’s two-out single scored Bien with the Legends’ second run.

Former Legend Kevin Perez (1-3) got the win. He relieved starter Jefry Rodriguez in the fifth and worked three scoreless innings. Legends starter Yunior Marte (4-5) took the loss.

Game two of the five-game series will be played Friday night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Harrison twins to appear at Legends game Friday

Former University of Kentucky basketball stars Andrew and Aaron Harrison will appear at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Friday for an autograph session at 5:30 p.m., when gates will open. They are also scheduled to throw ceremonial first pitches at about 6:45 p.m.

Friday is “Jersey Off Our Back” Night. Fans may bid on the jerseys the Legends will be wearing. All proceeds will go to KentuckyOne Health/St. Joseph Hospital. A Ford Fireworks show will follow the game.

Here is the schedule for the rest of the promotions surrounding the Legends’ final homestand:

Saturday: Play Ball event, 10 a.m.; Legends vs. Hagerstown, 1:35 p.m. At 10 a.m. Saturday, the Legends and Whitaker Bank Ballpark will serve as host for an event that is part of the nationwide Play Ball initiative. Play Ball is supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and is designed to encourage physical activity while building connections between communities and the sport of baseball. Locally, the Legends are teaming up with Lexington Parks and Recreation in support of the Play Ball program.

Saturday’s Play Ball event, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The event includes inflatables, pitch/run activities on the field and a meet-and-greet with Legends players.

For Saturday afternoon’s game, the Legends will wear jerseys resembling the silks worn by jockey Victor Espinoza as he rode American Pharoah to racing’s Triple Crown.

Sunday: Legends vs. Hagerstown, 2:05 p.m. The annual Jif Kids Club Ice Cream Social with Legends players will take place after the game. All Kids Club members are encouraged to bring their membership cards to get their free ticket for the game. The ice cream social is a Kids Club members-only event, but there is no charge to join the Kids Club, and information is available at www.lexingtonlegends.com under Community.

Monday (Labor Day): Legends vs. Hagerstown, 1:35 p.m. Monday’s game is the last of the 2015 season, and the Legends will say thanks to fans with Fan Appreciation Day, including special giveaway items.

Monday is also Kids Eat Free day, and kids age 12 and under will receive a voucher for a free meal and drink as they enter the ballpark.

From Legends Communications

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