Pro Baseball – Legends top West Virginia 4-2 in series opener

Luis Valenzuela had four hits in four at bats, including a home run, and Foster Griffin picked up his second straight win as the Lexington Legends took a 4-2 win over the West Virginia Power Monday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.  The win ended the Legends’ losing streak at five games.

Legends LogoLexington took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Samir Duenez singled, stole second and scored on a base hit by Michael Hill.  The Power tied the game in the third on a single by Tyler Filliben, a sacrifice by Kevin Newman and a single by Jordan Luplow.


Corey Toups led off the bottom of the third with his seventh home run of the season, giving the Legends a 2-1 lead, and Valenzuela homered with the bases empty in the fourth.

The Legends increased the lead to 4-1 in the sixth when Hill doubled, went to third on a single by Valenzuela and scored on a single by Austin Bailey.

West Virginia came back with a run in the eighth.  Luplow drew a leadoff walk, stole second and came home on Jerrick Suiter’s two-out single to right field.

Filliben singled with two outs in the ninth inning, but Jake Newberry struck out Newman to end the game.

Griffin (2-5), who earned his first victory as a professional in his last start August 12 at Charleston, worked the first five innings.  He allowed eight hits and one run, walked one batter and struck out one.

Torey Deshazier allowed one run in three innings of relief, and Newberry pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his fifth save.

West Virginia starter Alex McRae (5-9) was the losing pitcher.

The second game of the three-game series will be played Tuesday night.  First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

Box score

Attendance 2,492

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