LAKEWOOD, N.J. (KT) - are one game away from winning their first South Atlantic League title since 2001 after beating the Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws, 6-3, on the road Thursday night. The Legends lead the best-of-five series 2-1.
It was the same pattern as the other games in the championship series, where Lexington jumped out to a big lead, then had to hang on for the win.
The Legends began scoring in the top of the second inning. Cristian Perez reached on a single then advanced to second on a fielding error by Lakewood. An RBI double by Jeison Guzman drove in Perez, after which Ricky Aracena drew a walk. Kyle Isbel lined a two-run single to left field and Lexington led 3-0.
After Lakewood picked up a run in their half of the second, MJ Melendez drew a leadoff walk in the third, followed by a single by Nick Pratto. A sacrifice fly by Brewer Hicklen drove home Melendez and a single by Perez brought home Pratto and Lexington led 5-1.
Pitcher Collin Snider got the win in relief, throwing 1.2 shutout innings allowing one hit. Daniel Lynch tossed the first four innings allowing two unearned runs on five hits and four strikeouts.
Lexington and Lakewood meet for Game 4 at 7:05 p.m. Friday at FirstEnergy Park, in Lakewood, NJ.
Hot Rods fall in Midwest Game 2
The Peoria Chiefs edged the Bowling Green Hot Rods 2-1 behind strong pitching from Zach Prendergast to even the Midwest League Championship Series at a game apiece.
Tommy Romero pitched six strong innings for the Hot Rods before Peoria rallied for two runs in the seventh after the first six batters reached on singles.
The best-of-5 series shifts to Bowling Green Saturday night at 6:35 p.m.