Category Archives: Lexington Legends

Pro Sports – Downes’ slam helps Legends outslug Braves, 14-10

Legends outslug Braves, 14-10

Brandon Downes hit a grand slam, and Chad Johnson also homered as the Lexington Legends outscored the Rome Braves 14-10Tuesday night in the opener of a four-game series in Rome.  Corey Toups had three hits and three runs batted in for the Legends, who have won four of their first five games in the second half of the season.  Matt Tellor had a grand slam and a three-run double for Rome. Continue reading Pro Sports – Downes’ slam helps Legends outslug Braves, 14-10

Pro Sports – Legends win 8-5 in completion of suspended game; 7-inning game to follow

LegendsElier Hernandez’ run-scoring single in the fifth inning broke a 5-5 tie, and the Lexington Legends went on to an 8-5 win over the Savannah Sand Gnats Monday night.  The game was completed Monday after being suspended  Sunday afternoon after four innings due to rain.

The Legends added their last two runs in the top of the ninth on a double by DonAndre Clark, a run-scoring single by Corey Toups, and a double by Ryan O’Hearn. Continue reading Pro Sports – Legends win 8-5 in completion of suspended game; 7-inning game to follow

Pro Sports – Legends take second straight over Savannah

lexington-legends-logoThe Lexington Legends broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the top of the ninth inning and then held on for a 6-4 win over the Savannah Sand Gnats Friday night in Savannah.

Ryan O’Hearn led off the ninth with a single, and Elier Hernandez walked.  Wander Franco’s infield hit loaded the bases, and after Jimmy Duff relieved Alberto Baldonado for Savannah, Chase Vallot lined a single to left field, scoring O’Hearn with the tie-breaking run.    Two more runs scored when third baseman Jean Rodriguez made an errant throw on a force attempt after fielding a grounder hit by Brandon Downes.

Savannah got one run back in the bottom of the ninth on a triple by Rodriguez and an error by O’Hearn at first base on a ball hit by John Mora.  But Legends reliever Yunior Marte retired the next three hitters to seal the win.

The Legends took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a single by Hernandez, three walks and a ground out.  They added a run in the sixth when Corey Toups reached first base on a throwing error by Rodriguez, moved to second on a sacrifice by Humberto Arteaga, stole third and came home on a single by Hernandez.

Vicente Lupo’s solo homer in the bottom of the seventh gave Savannah its first run, and the Sand Gnats tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the eighth.   Two walks, a wild pitch and a ground out produced one run, and Tomas Nido’s sacrifice fly evened the score at 3-3, setting the stage for Lexington’s ninth-inning rally.

Marte (2-0), who entered the game at the start of the sixth inning, got the win.  Legends starter Foster Griffin pitched five shutout innings.  He allowed four hits, walked two batters and struck out six.

Baldonado (0-5) who relieved starter Martires Arias with two outs in the seventh, took the loss.

The Legends have won the first two games of the five-game series, which continues Saturday.  Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Box score

Attendance  2,563

Pro Sports – Legends win second half opener, 6-2

lexington-legends-logoElier 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.

Box score

Attendance 2,110

Pro Sports – Minor League Baseball remains low-cost form of family entertainment

Minor League Baseball announces fan cost study results

lexington-legends-logoMinor 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.

Kentucky Sports – Breathitt County Youth Attend Legends Game


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.

Legends celebrate walk off win - Photo by Brendon Miller - Midwest News and Sports
Legends celebrate walk off win – Photo by Brendon Miller – Midwest News and Sports

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.

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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.

Pro Sports – Big day for Longhi as Greenville blanks Legends 15-0

lexington-legends-logo(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.

Pro Sports – First-rounder Zimmer joins Legends; Lexington has three of Royals' top 10 prospects

Zimmer, 1st round choice in 2012, joins Legends; Lexington staff has three of Royals’ top 10 prospects

lexington-legends-logo                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 —  Zimmer 3rd, Griffin 7th, Blewett 8th.

Legends’ catcher Chase Vallot (pronounced  vuh-LOW) is ranked 10th in the KC organization by

Griffin and Vallot joined the Legends May 9, and Blewett was added May 28.

Pro Sports – Fur Circus, replica jersey among Legends homestand highlights

lexington-legends-logo(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, (, 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.

For more information, call 859-422-7867 or visit

Lexington Legends Baseball – Teacher appreciation, chainsaw juggler, craft beer, fireworks and more on Legends homestand

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.

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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.”


The schedule:

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


.               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 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.


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