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Rome uses four-run first-inning scoring outburst to complete sweep of Legends

The Rome Braves scored four runs in the top of the first inning and then held on for a 4-2 win over the Lexington Legends Wednesday night, handing the Braves a sweep of the three-game series at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

Connor Lien led off the game for Rome with a single, and Johan Camargo drew a walk. Sean Godfrey doubled to right field, scoring Lien and sending Camargo to third. Camargo came home on a wild pitch, and after Jake Schrader struck out, Ross Wilson hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Godfrey. Carlos Franco drew a walk, stole second and scored on a single by Connor Oliver, giving Rome a 4-0 lead.

Chad Johnson had two hits in the Legends' 4-2 loss to Rome Wednesday (Photo from Legends Media Relations)

Chad Johnson had two hits in the Legends’ 4-2 loss to Rome Wednesday (Photo from Legends Media Relations)

The Legends answered with a run in the third inning on a walk to Alexis Rivera, a double by Alfredo Escalera and a run-scoring ground out by Carlos Garcia. The final Lexington run came in the fourth inning when Humberto Arteaga put down a squeeze bunt to score Dominique Taylor from third base.

Rome starter Tyler Brosius (5-7) got the victory. He worked seven innings, allowed five hits and two runs, walked two batters and struck out five.

Legends’ starter Pedro Fernandez (1-7) took the loss.

The Legends remain at home for a four-game series against the Greenville Drive, an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Game time Thursday night is 7:05 p.m.

Several special events are scheduled for the weekend:

Thursday: Legends vs. Greenville, 7:05 p.m. The Fur Circus (www.furcircus.com), a group of circus-themed characters who have performed at ballparks and other venues throughout the country, will be back in Lexington to begin a three-night stand.

It’s also a Kentucky Ale Thirsty Thursday, and beer and Pepsi products will sell for $1 each through the seventh inning.

Friday: Legends vs. Greenville, 7:05 p.m. The Fur Circus will be back for another performance. It is also Wine Night, presented by Gallo Barefoot. There will be a Ford Fireworks show after the game.

Saturday: Legends vs. Greenville, 7:05 p.m. Legends players will have a new look for Saturday night’s game – they’ll be wearing uniforms designed by nine-year-old Ryder McConathy of Lexington, who won the Legends’ Create-A-Jersey contest, presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill and Zaxby’s. The Fur Circus completes a three-night run with a Saturday night performance, and there will be a Ford Fireworks show after the game.

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Sunday: The annual “Guns ‘n’ Hoses” softball game, matching Lexington police against Lexington firefighters, will take place Sunday at 2 p.m. at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. It was originally scheduled for July 27 but was rained out.

The Legends-Greenville game begins at 6:05 p.m. Following the Legends game, there will be a charity ball toss, sponsored by Bud’s Gun Shop. Balls for the toss will sold for $1 each during the Guns ‘n’ Hoses game and during the Legends game. Proceeds will benefit Joe Vissing, a firefighter who is battling cancer.

Sunday is also a JIF Kids Club Sunday. Kids Club members receive free admission to the game, and all kids may run the bases after the game. Membership in the Kids Club is free.

From Legends Media Relations

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