LEGENDS BEAT ROME BRAVES ON EXTRA INNING WALK OFF
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.