The Lexington Legends are starting to enjoy the view from the top.
After completing a four-game sweep of the Kannapolis Intimidators on Monday night, Lexington’s minor league baseball team now holds a full two-game lead in the race for the South Atlantic League Southern Division’s second-half standings. The division winners from each half of the season advance to the SAL playoffs.
The Legends have not earned a playoff berth since 2006 and have not finished a full season above .500 since 2010.
With 19 regular-season games left to play, achieving the former is anything but assured, but the latter is almost a certainty. Lexington is 66-51 overall. The Legends are 29-20 in the second half, two games ahead of the Asheville Tourists and the Greenville Drive. Lexington won’t play Asheville again this season but closes the season with four games at Greenville.
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Lexington has surged to the top by winning seven of its last eight games, including Monday night’s 3-1 win over Kannapolis at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Outfielder Kyle Isbel led the charge by going 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, a run scored and a walk. Right-hander Yefri Del Rosario (4-5) earned the victory with six shutout innings of two-hit ball.
The Legends had Tuesday off but start a seven-game road trip Wednesday that features three games at Hagerstown followed by four at Lakewood. Hagerstown is last and Lakewood first in the Northern Division.