Reed Rohlman and Jackson Lueck each hit two-run doubles in a six-run fifth inning for Lexington, leading the Legends to an 11-7 win over the West Virginia Power Friday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, Kentucky.
The big inning gave Legends starting pitcher Evan Steele an 8-2 lead that the Lexington bullpen seemingly did its best to lose after Steele was removed before the start of the sixth inning. The Power pinned three runs on reliever C.J. Eldred in the sixth to get back into the game as Bobby Honeyman and Onil Pena each had RBI singles and Honeyman scored on a fielder’s choice by Joseph Rosa.
Though the Power (8-8 second half) pulled to within 9-7 of the lead in the eighth, Lexington (5-11) made the most of a Matthew Willdrodt balk and a double by Freddy Fermin to push its lead back to four runs before the ninth.
Steele improved to 3-2 on the year, striking out eight in five innings and giving up a pair of earned runs. West Virginia’s Ryne Inman (7-6) took the loss, giving up six earned runs in four innings. He walked five and struck out three.
The Power banged out 12 hits in the loss, just one fewer than it managed in a 12-7 win over the Legends on Thursday night in 13 innings.
West Virginia’s Ryan Ramiz hit a grand slam in the top of the 13th to highlight a six-run outburst and put to bed a game that lasted nearly 41/2 hours.
The teams were tied at 4-4 at the end of nine innings thanks to a three-run bottom of the ninth for Lexington that was highlighted by a Fermin solo home run and a two-run double by Reed Rohlman.
With one out in the 13th and Honeyman beginning the inning at second base, Jake Anchia drew a four-pitch walk that put runners at first and second for West Virginia. Joseph Rosa then doubled to score Honeyman, moving Anchia to third.
Legends reliever Daniel James then issued an intentional walk to West Virginia’s Manny Pazos, a move that almost immediately backfired when James proceeded to walk Charlie McConnell, bringing in a run.
After a mound visit, Ramiz hit a 3-1 pitch to right center field that gave the Power a 12-6 lead.
Elias Espino (1-1), who blew a save by allowing a run in the 10th inning, held on to pick up the win for West Virginia. James (3-3) got the loss.
Game three of the four-game series is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. on Saturday.