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Legends return for season's first home contest following loss to Greenville in series finale

Lexington starter Matt Tenuta allowed six hits and four runs in three innings Wednesday as the Legends lost to Greenville in the last of a three-game series (Legends Photo/Mary Lay)

Lexington starter Matt Tenuta allowed six hits and four runs in three innings Wednesday as the Legends lost to Greenville in the last of a three-game series (Legends Photo/Mary Lay)


The Greenville Drive pounded out 15 hits on their way to an 8-4 win over the Lexington Legends Wednesday night in Greenville. The Greenville win came in the final game of a three-game series after the Legends had taken the first two.

The Drive took the lead with three runs in the second inning. Carlos Mesa, who had three hits in the game, led off with a single, and Michael Chavis followed with a walk. After Javier Guerra sacrificed the runners to second and third, Ben Moore doubled to left field, scoring two runs.

Cisco Tellez flied out, but Derek Miller singled, bringing Moore home from second and putting the Drive up, 3-0.

The Legends came back with two runs in the third inning. A leadoff double by Alfredo Escalera and a single by Humberto Arteaga produced a run. Arteaga took second on the throw home, and moved to third on a single by Samir Duenez, who hit safely in his sixth consecutive game. Arteaga scored as Elier Hernandez grounded into a double play.

The Drive added a run in the third and another in the fourth. The Legends scored in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Duenez to cut the margin to two at 5-3.

But Greenville extended the lead with two runs in the seventh on a bases-loaded, two-out double by Tellez. Chavis drove in a run with a single in the bottom of the eighth to make the score 8-3.

Arteaga’s single brought Carlos Garcia home with Lexington’s final run in the ninth.

Chandler Shepherd (1-0), who entered the game with two outs in the fifth inning and worked through the seventh, picked up the win. Legends’ starter Matt Tenuta (1-1) was the losing pitcher.

The Legends won four and lost three on the season-opening road trip to Charleston and Greenville.

Lexington’s home opener will be played Thursday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark as the Legends take on the West Virginia Power.

Opening night ceremonies will include a first pitch to be thrown by University of Kentucky basketball All-American Willie Cauley-Stein, who will take the mound at about 6:50 p.m. First pitch for the Legends-Power game is expected to be at about 7:20 p.m.

Before he takes the mound at about 6:50 p.m., Cauley-Stein will sign autographs on the concourse from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. For $15, fans may have an item signed and also have a picture taken with Cauley-Stein. Fans must have a Legends game ticket to get into the autograph session.

In addition to Cauley-Stein’s appearance, there will be live music before the game, prizes to be given away during the game, and a Ford Fireworks show after the game. And one lucky fan could win $15,000.

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As part of the 15th season celebration, the Legends are having a Grand Slam Inning during the home opener. If a Legends batter hits a grand slam in the sixth inning of the April 16 game, a fan will win $15,000.

Gates will open Thursday at 5 p.m., one hour earlier than usual, with the first 1,000 fans through the gates receiving a rally towel with the Legends’ famous mustache logo. The band County Wide will play on the concourse before the game and Marlana Van Hoose, whose performances have drawn rave reviews at a wide range of venues, including University of Kentucky sports events, will sing the national anthem.

Each inning, the Legends will give away a prize with a minimum value of $50. In addition, Big L and Pee Wee will be available for photos around the ballpark.

From Legends Communications

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