The Lexington Legends scored early and often, but couldn't overcome a 6-1 deficit in a 9-7 loss to the West Virginia Power on Tuesday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
The Legends, who won the opening game of the series on Monday, trailed the whole game after the Power jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Willy Garcia had an RBI single in the first and a two-run homer in the third.
Lexington got one run back in the bottom of the third on Power shortstop Alen Hanson's 25th error of the season. But West Virginia responded with three more runs in the top of the fourth.
The Legends trimmed into the Power's 6-1 lead with runs in the fourth and fifth and two more in the seventh on Zachary Johnson's 10th home run of the season.
But the Power scored three more in the top of the eighth to push their lead to 9-5.
The Legends weren't through yet, though. Delino DeShields' two-out double in the bottom of the eighth cut the deficit to two.
Lexington threatened to score in the bottom of the ninth. Johnson led off with a single and Matt Duffy followed with another base hit. But Power reliever Nathan Kilcrease worked out of the jam for his second save of the season.
Johnson in HR Derby
Johnson will be one of 10 players in the Miller High Life Home Run Derby as part of South Atlantic League All-Star game festivities in Charleston, S.C., next week.
The first round of the contest will take place Monday, June 18, on the deck of the USS Yorktown, which is stationed in Charleston Harbor.
The championship round will be Tuesday, June 19, at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, home of the Charleston RiverDogs and site of the All-Star game.
Johnson, DeShields, Duffy and Legends pitchers Mike Foltynewicz, Carlos Quevedo, Nick Tropeano and Jason Chowning were all named All-Stars. Chowning, a Louisville native, was later promoted to High-A Lancaster and will not participate.