The Lexington Legends invited University of Kentucky baseball fans to come out and see one of their favorites debut this weekend for his new professional club, the visiting Greensboro Grasshoppers. On Sunday the ex-Cat figured large in his team's huge rally to defeat the hometown team 11-10 in extra innings.
Tristan Pompey, a three-year starter for the Cats who was picked in the third round of the Major League Baseball Draft this summer by the Miami Marlins, went 2-for-4 Sunday with a run scored and an RBI for their affiliate. Pompey also contributed to the Grasshoppers' game-winning rally in the 11th inning.
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Pompey got his first South Atlantic League RBI with a sharp single to right field to spark an eighth-inning rally that cut what was a commanding six-run Legend's lead to 8-7. The Grasshoppers tied it 8-8 in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Isael Soto. Each team scored a pair of runs in the 10th inning to keep it knotted up.
With a runner placed on second base according to Sally League extra-innings rules in the 11th, Pompey put down a sacrifice bunt to get the go-ahead man, Garvis Lara, to third base. Lara scored on a soft single to right field by Soto to put Greensboro up 11-10, the eventual final score.
Greensboro inserted Pompey into the starting lineup and third in the order as soon as he arrived with the club Saturday. He was called up from rookie ball the day before. Pompey legged out a grounder to deep short for his first Sally League hit Saturday in a 5-0 loss.
The Legends looked to be cruising early Sunday, scoring three in the second and five in the fifth to stake an 8-2 lead. The fifth inning outburst included Legends right fielder Seuly Matias' minor-league leading 26th home run.
Matias has been named to this month's Futures Game as part of the Major League Baseball All-Star week festivities in Washington, D.C.
The Lexington-Greensboro series concludes Monday with a 7:05 first pitch at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.