Elier Hernandez had three hits and three runs batted in as the Lexington Legends opened the second half of the 2015 South Atlantic League season with a 6-2 win over the Savannah Sand Gnats Thursday night in Savannah.
A two-run triple by Samir Duenez put the Legends in front in the second inning. Corey Toups led off the third with his fourth home run of the year to make the score 3-0. Humberto Arteaga and Ryan O’Hearn followed with singles, and Arteaga advanced to third on an error by left fielder Vicente Lupo. Arteaga scored on Hernandez’ sacrifice fly.
The Legends extended their lead to 5-0 in the fifth when Toups singled, stole second, and scored on a two-out single by Hernandez.
The Sand Gnats came back with two in the bottom of the fifth on a single by Jean Rodriguez and a home run by Lupo.
Lexington added its final run in the seventh when Toups was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a sacrifice by Arteaga and scored on Hernandez’ single to right field.
Legends’ starter Scott Blewett (2-0) got the win. He worked six innings, allowed five hits and two runs. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three. Kyle Zimmer pitched the seventh and eighth innings and allowed one hit and no runs. Evan Beal retired the side in order in the ninth.
Savannah starter Casey Delgado (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season.
Game two of the five-game series will be played Friday night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
Minor League Baseball announces fan cost study results
Minor League Baseball has announced the results of a study of the costs of attending games. The average cost for a family of four to enjoy a Minor League Baseball game this season is only $64.18, a price that includes parking, two adult tickets, two child tickets, four hot dogs, two sodas, two beers and a program or scorecard.
“The Lexington Legends have always emphasized family fun at a great price,” said Legends President/CEO Andy Shea. “and while the ‘average’ prices in this study are great, this year the Legends are offering a special price of two dollars for hot dogs all season long. Plus we have Kids Eat Free night every Monday, and 38-cent hot dogs on Tuesday, so there are some extra opportunities for our fans to enjoy the fun at the ballpark at a great savings. And if you really want to save, you can sit in the bleachers for only a dollar!”
The complete release from Minor League Baseball, including average prices from each minor league classification, is attached. The Legends are a class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – June 19, 2015 – BRENDON D. MILLER, Midwest News and Sports
The Lexington Legends brought home an exciting 6-5, extra inning victory over the Rome Braves last Friday evening at Whitaker Bank Park on Michael Hill’s walk off homer in the bottom of the 10th inning. The game was delayed over 50 minutes from the scheduled 7:10 first pitch due to heavy rain during the afternoon. The delayed first pitch came at 8:05 pm and the delay seemed to affect Legends starting pitcher Scott Blewett, the Royals 2nd round pick (56th overall) in the 2014 amateur draft, as he struggled in the 1st inning.
Rome jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first as the first five Braves reached base. Ozzie Albies, Omar Obregon, and Erison Mendez each singled, to load the bases for Rome clean-up hitter Tanner Krietemeier. Krietemeier hit what was originally ruled a Grand Slam into the Pepsi Party Deck in right field, however, the umpires correctly ruled that a fan in the party deck had reached over the fence and caught the ball and the call was corrected to a ground rule double, scoring Albies and Obregon. Mendez scored on a passed ball and Kreitemeier scored on an infield grounder by beating the throw to home.
The Legends finally scratched the score column in the third inning on a triple by Samir Duenez and a fielder’s choice grounder by Logan Davis, and then tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. Duenez and Davis both reached on walks and Corey Toups was hit bay a Caleb Beech pitch, loading the bases. Legends catcher Chad Johnson singled scoring Duenez. Beech then continued his wildness by walking Eller Hernandez, forcing in Davis to make the score 4-3 Braves. Eventual Legends Hero, Michael Hill then struck out, but a wild pitch on the third strike allowed Hill to reach first and score Toups to knot the score at 4-4.
The score remained 4-4 until the top of the eighth inning when the Braves were able to take the lead following a lead off single by Braxton Davidson. Davidson was caught in a run down during an attempt to steal second, and was awarded third base from an errant throw that ended up in the Legends dugout. Wigberto Nevarez scored Davidson on a sacrifice fly putting the Braves ahead 5-4.
The Legends immediately responded in the bottom of the eighth with a single by Chase Vallott, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brandon Downes and then scored on a pinch-hit single by Humberto Arteaga, tying the score 5-5.
Hill ended the night with a lead off home run that just cleared the left field fence just inside the foul pole to set off a wild celebration at home plate by the Legends, and giving them the win the opener of the three game series.
Legends lefty Emilio Ogando, worked five and two-thirds inning of one-run baseball for the win, after starter Blewett dealt the first four and one-third. Braves pitcher Sean Furney took the loss after taking over for starter Beech in the fifth inning.
Official attendance was 4,168 with over 350 of those fans being players and their parents from the baseball/softball leagues of the Jackson Department of Parks and Recreation. The game was followed by the Ford Fireworks display, which culminated just as another rain storm moved over the ballpark. The evening was a great treat for the young men and ladies to see some professional baseball in a fun and entertaining atmosphere.
(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) Nick Longhi went four-for-four and drove in four runs, and Jake Drehoff, Brandon Show and Michael Gunn teamed up for a seven-hit shutout as the Greenville Drive blanked the Lexington Legends 15-0 Sunday afternoon in front of 5,067 fans at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Greenville scored four runs in the third inning, two coming on a homer by Rafael Devers.
The Drive added five runs in the fifth inning. Cisco Tellez drew a leadoff walk and scored on a triple by Mike Meyers. Meyers came home on a base hit by Mauricio Dubon. The next two batters were retired, but former Northern Kentucky University star Jordan Procyshen kept the inning going with a single, and Longhi followed with a three-run homer to give the Drive a 9-0 lead.
Longhi hit a run-scoring single in the seventh to make the score 10-0, and Dubon’s three –run homer in the eighth gave Greenville a 13-0 margin.
After Longhi led off the ninth with a single, Javier Guerra homered to right field to complete the scoring.
Show (1-0), who entered the game at the start of the fourth inning in relief of Drehoff, got the win in his first appearance since being added to the Greenville roster. He pitched four innings and allowed two hits and no runs. Michael Gunn worked the eighth and ninth for Greenville.
Legends starter Nik Stephenson (1-4) was the losing pitcher.
Greenville won three out of four games in the series.
The Legends will go on the road for three games in Rome and four in Augusta. Game time Monday night in Rome is 7 p.m.
Zimmer, 1st round choice in 2012, joins Legends; Lexington staff has three of Royals’ mlb.com top 10 prospects
Right-hander Kyle Zimmer, the fifth overall choice in the June 2012 draft, has been added to the Lexington Legends roster by the Legends’ parent club, the Kansas City Royals.
Left-hander Tripp Davis was transferred from Lexington to the Idaho Falls (Pioneer League) roster.
Zimmer is expected to pitch in relief for the Legends tonight.
Zimmer joins left-hander Foster Griffin, a first round pick (28th overall) by the Royals in 2014, and Scott Blewett, a second round pick in 2014 (56th overall), on the Legends pitching staff. All three are ranked among the top 10 prospects in the Kansas City organization bymlb.com — Zimmer 3rd, Griffin 7th, Blewett 8th.
Legends’ catcher Chase Vallot (pronounced vuh-LOW) is ranked 10th in the KC organization by mlb.com.
Griffin and Vallot joined the Legends May 9, and Blewett was added May 28.
(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) Entertainment by the Fur Circus and a free replica Legends jersey for children age 12 and under are among the highlights for a four-game Lexington Legends homestand that opens Thursday night. The homestand also includes two Ford Fireworks shows.
“It’s another short but fun-packed home stand,” said Legends President/CEO Andy Shea. “The Fur Circus has been a real favorite with our fans. We’re glad to have them again at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. And the kids will love the replica jerseys.”
The Legends, class A affiliate of the American League champion Kansas City Royals, will play the Greenville Drive, the class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox and the South Atlantic League Southern Division leader.
Greenville has on its roster one of the top Red Sox prospects, Yoan Moncada, a native of Cuba who signed with Boston for $31.5 million earlier this year. Moncada suffered a hamstring injury in a game Saturday and has not played since then, but had not been placed on the disabled list as of Wednesday morning.
The schedule for the homestand:
Thursday, May 28: Legends vs. Greenville, 7:05 p.m. It’s a Kentucky Ale Thirsty Thursday, and beer and Pepsi products will sell for one dollar each through the seventh inning.
Friday, May 29: 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 entertain at Friday night’s game. The group will also make an appearance Friday morning at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Center, along with the Legends’ Big L, from 9-10:30 a.m. A Ford Fireworks show will follow the game Friday.
Saturday, May 30: Legends vs. Greenville, 7:05 p.m. The first 1,000 fans age 12 and under will receive a replica jersey. The jerseys will have the Legends mustache logo on the front and the number 15 on the front and back, recognizing the 15th season of Legends baseball. Another Ford Fireworks show will follow the game.
Sunday, May 31: Legends vs. Greenville, 2:05 p.m. For the first time, the Legends are encouraging fans to “Pedal to the Park.” There will be free valet parking for bicycles. It’s also a Jif Kids Club Sunday, and 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.
Free apples for teachers, a chainsaw juggler, the kickoff to Craft Beer Week, fireworks and much more are on the schedule for the Lexington Legends next homestand, which opens Wednesday night.
The Legends, who won three out of four games and collected 47 hits in the last three games of their weekend series in Asheville, return home to face the Charleston RiverDogs, an affiliate of the New York Yankees, and the Kannapolis Intimidators, an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Charleston is in first place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division, six games ahead of Lexington. The Legends are tied for fifth place in the Southern Division.
“What a great time for Legends fans,” said Legends President/CEO Andy Shea. “These seven days are packed with as much fun and entertainment as we’ve had on any homestand for a long time, plus the Legends have a chance to gain some ground on the division leaders. We’re really looking forward to a lot of excitement at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.”
Wednesday, May 6: Legends vs. Charleston, 7:05 p.m.Wednesday night is Teacher Appreciation Night, an opportunity for teachers to enjoy a game without their usual responsibilities. All teachers, faculty and staff from area schools, colleges and universities may purchase a special package that includes a game ticket and an adult combo meal for $12. Apples will be given to the first 200 teachers through the gates, and there will be drawings for free prizes. Use the special promo code EDUCATORS to purchase the $12 special ticket/combo meal online at www.lexingtonlegends.com.
. Thursday, May 7: Legends vs. Charleston, 7:05 p.m. Mad Chad the Chainsaw Juggler will make his first appearance at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Chad and his chainsaws have appeared at a wide variety of sports and corporate venues. In addition, he has made hundreds of television appearances, including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Every Thursday home game is a Kentucky Ale Thirsty Thursday, and beer and Pepsi products will sell for one dollar each.
Friday, May 8: Legends vs. Charleston, 7:05 p.m. Whitaker Bank Ballpark will be the scene of the kickoff to the LexBeerScene.com Craft Beer Week in Lexington. A special local craft beer area will be set up on the first base side, where representatives from breweries will be on hand to talk about their products. The area will open at 6 p.m., when gates will open for admission to the Legends game against the RiverDogs, and will remain open until the end of the seventh inning. Those entering the beer area must be 21 years of age and have a state-issued photo ID.
For $15, fans will receive a box seat ticket to the Legends game and two drink tickets, each good for a 12-ounce beer. Fans who choose not to participate in the Craft Beer Week kickoff may purchase game tickets at regular prices.
Saturday, May 9: Legends vs. Kannapolis, 7:05 p.m. The Legends will give away special “stache” sunglasses to the first 1,000 fans through the gates. (A “stache” is attached to the sunglasses so that it fits right under the nose.) A Ford Fireworks show will follow the game.
Sunday, May 10: Legends vs. Kannapolis, 2:05 p.m. It’s a Jif Kids Club Sunday, and 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.
Monday, May 11: Legends vs. Kannapolis, 10:05 a.m.Monday is the final Zaxby’s Education Day game of the 2015 season. First pitch is set for 10:05 a.m.
Tuesday, May 12: Legends vs. Kannapolis, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday night is 38-cent hot dog night (or three for a dollar), in recognition of the Ford F-150 being the best-selling truck for the last 38 years.
West Virginia takes third straight over Legends, 7-2
Pablo Reyes, Jordan Luplow and Taylor Gushue each drove in two runs as the West Virginia Power took a 7-2 win over the Lexington Legends Friday night in Charleston.
The Power jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Bunt singles by Jeff Roy, Cole Tucker and Reyes loaded the bases, and Roy scored when Jordan Luplow was hit by a pitch. Gushue followed with a two-run single, and Luplow later scored when Elvis Escobar grounded into a force play at second base.
West Virginia added three runs in the fourth. Chase Simpson led off with a base hit, and Roy reached first on an error by shortstop Corey Toups. Reyes doubled to left field, scoring Simpson and Roy and giving West Virginia a 6-0 lead. Reyes came home on a double to left by Luplow, and the Power led 7-0.
The Legends got on the board in the seventh inning on a single by Wander Franco and a double by Brandon Downes. They added their final run in the eighth. Toups reached on an error by Luplow, the third baseman. Ryan O’Hearn and Elier Hernandez followed with singles, loading the bases, and Toups scored on a hit by Alfredo Escalera.
The loss extended the Legends’ losing streak to seven games.
West Virginia starter Austin Coley (3-0) got the win. He worked the first five innings, allowed two hits and no runs, walked one and struck out six. Sam Street finished the game and earned his third save.
Lexington starter Zach Lovvorn (0-2) was the losing pitcher.
West Virginia has taken the first three games of the five-game series, which continues Saturday. Game time is 2:05 p.m.
(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) The Lexington Legends are inviting non-profit organizations to participate in their Community Organization of the Night program during the 2015 season.
The Community Organization program offers non-profits a variety of opportunities to publicize their work at Whitaker Bank Ballpark and on Legends radio broadcasts during each of the Legends’ 70 home games. Hundreds of organizations throughout central and eastern Kentucky have participated.
“Community involvement has been important to the Legends since day one,” said Legends’ President/COO Andy Shea. “Our Community Organization of the Night program allows us to put the spotlight on the great work being done by many organizations throughout Kentucky, and we’re very happy to help get their message out.”
On their night at the ballpark, organizations may set up a display on the concourse, where they can greet fans and distribute information. Before the game, a representative of each Community Organization of the Night is interviewed on the public address system. The representative also is a guest on the radio broadcast for a half-inning during the game. Each organization receives four complimentary tickets to their game.
Solicitation is not permitted, but there is a fund-raising element in the program. To maximize exposure and to boost fund-raising, organizations that reserve their night for a Thursday, Friday or Saturday game will purchase a minimum of 60 Legends fundraiser tickets at four dollars each. Fundraiser tickets may then be sold by the organization for up to the regular face value of 10 dollars, allowing the organization to raise up to six dollars per ticket sold.
“Also, the more tickets sold, the more supporters each organization will have at the game,” said Sarah Bosso, the Legends director of community relations and special events. “It’s fun for everyone involved, and it’s always for a great cause.”
The Legends, class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, will open the 2015 season at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Thursday, April 16 at 7:05 p.m. against the West Virginia Power, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. More information is available at lexingtonlegends.com.
Pitching coach Reyes, hitting coach Hollins also named to field staff; athletic trainer Keiser returns
(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) Omar Ramirez has been named manager of the Lexington Legends for the 2015 season. He will be joined by pitching coach Carlos Reyes, hitting coach Damon Hollins and bench coach Glenn Hubbard. Hubbard is back for a second season with the Legends. Mark Keiser will return to Lexington for a third season as athletic trainer.
The Legends’ parent club, the American League champion Kansas City Royals, announced field staff assignments today (Friday) for all their minor league affiliates. The Legends, who play in the South Atlantic League, are going into their third season as the Royals’ class A affiliate.
“The Royals have assigned an outstanding staff to the Legends for the 2015 season,” said Legends’ President/COO Andy Shea. “All of them have great experience in the Royals’ organization, and we’re really looking forward to working with them. Getting the field staff in place is another good sign that baseball season is fast approaching.”
Ramirez has served as the manager of the Idaho Fall Chukars, the Royals affiliate in the rookie-level Pioneer League, for the last three seasons. Idaho Falls was the league champion in 2013. Ramirez was the hitting coach at Idaho Falls in 2011, and also served as the hitting coach for Royals affiliates in Burlington, North Carolina (Appalachian League) in 2009 and Burlington, Iowa (Midwest League) in 2010.
Ramirez was an outfielder for Hill Junior College in Texas before being selected in the 31st round of the 1990 draft by the Cleveland Indians. He played eight seasons in the minor leagues with the Indians and Houston Astros, reaching the triple-A level in both organizations. He also played for parts of six seasons in the Mexican League.
Reyes is in his eighth season with the Royals organization. He has served as the minor league rehab coach and as a pitching coach for the Surprise Royals of the Arizona League. Reyes was a pitching coach in the New York Yankees organization from 2005-07.
Born in Miami, Reyes attended Florida Southern College before being signed by Atlanta in 1991. He pitched professionally for 13 seasons. Reyes reached the major leagues with Oakland in 1994 and was with the A’s through the 1997 season. He also pitched for San Diego (1998, 1999, 2000), Boston (1998), Philadelphia (2000) and Tampa Bay (2003). Reyes compiled a 20-36 record with a 4.66 ERA in 293 major league appearances.
Reyes resides in Surprise, Arizona with his wife, Annalee, and their children, Quinn, Chelsea, Taylor, Cruz and Cutter.
Hollins enters his sixth season with the Royals. He began his coaching career as the hitting coach at Burlington, North Carolina of the Appalachian League in 2010, then moved to class A Kane County of the Midwest League in 2011 and to advanced-A Wilmington of the Carolina League in 2012. He has been the hitting coach at Idaho Falls for the past two seasons.
Hollins was selected by Atlanta in the fourth round of the 1992 draft. He played in the major leagues for the Braves in 1998 and 2004, for the Dodgers in 1998 and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2005 and 2006. He spent the 2007 season in Japan with the Yomiuri Giants before playing for the
Omaha Royals, Kansas City’s triple-A club, in 2008.
Hollins resides in Litchfield Park, Arizona with his wife, Patrice. They have three children, Tahari, Ameerah and Averi.
Hubbard returns as the Legends’ bench coach. Before joining the Royals organization in 2011, he spent 21 seasons as a coach in the Atlanta organization, including 12 years as the Braves’ first base coach under manager Bobby Cox. Before joining the Braves’ major league staff in 1999, Hubbard coached at Bradenton (1990), Macon (1991-92, 1994 and 1998) and Richmond (1993, 1995-97).
A 20th-round draft pick of the Braves in 1975, Hubbard played in the majors for Atlanta from 1978 to 1987. He concluded his playing career with Oakland, playing on an American League pennant winner in 1988. Hubbard was a National League All-Star in 1983. He tied a major league record for second basemen with 12 assists in a game on April 14, 1985.
He resides in Stone Mountain, Georgia with his wife, Lynn. They have three sons: Jeremy, Matthew and Daniel.
Keiser is going into his fifth year in the Kansas City system. He was the athletic trainer with Burlington (Appalachian League) in 2011 and Kane County in 2012 before moving to the Legends in 2013. Before joining the Royals, Keiser was a graduate assistant athletic trainer at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, while earning his Master of Science degree in athletic training. At ECU, Keiser was primarily responsible for the volleyball, cheerleading, and the men’s and women’s tennis teams. Keiser graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from Ohio University in 2009.
The appointment of a strength and conditioning coach will be announced later.
Brian Buchanan, who managed the Legends for the past two seasons, was named manager of the Royals’ advanced-A affiliate, the Wilmington (Del.) Blue Rocks of the Carolina League.
The Legends open the season in Charleston, South Carolina April 9. The home opener is set for Thursday, April 16 at 7:05 p.m., when the Legends take on the West Virginia Power, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.