Lexington Legends

Legends open final home stand of season storming toward rare playoff berth.

Janser Lara allowed one run on one hit and struck out two in an inning of relief on Tuesday night.
Janser Lara allowed one run on one hit and struck out two in an inning of relief on Tuesday night.

The Lexington Legends open their final home stand of the season on Thursday night, during which Lexington’s minor league baseball team could secure its first postseason berth since 2006.

Lexington won its fifth game in a row on Tuesday night before taking the day off Wednesday. The Legends lead the second half standings in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division by three games with 12 left to play. The champion of the second half will play the first-half champion Rome Braves in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Asheville Tourists and Greenville Drive were tied for second place entering play on Wednesday.

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J.C. Cloney, a ninth-round draft pick by the parent Kansas City Royals last season, improved to 2-1 for the Legends on Tuesday night by beating the Lakewood BlueClaws. Cloney went 9-0 for Idaho Falls in the Pioneer League this season before being promoted to the Legends on Aug. 8. Lexington Legends

Lexington opens a four-game series against the Hagerstown Suns on Thursday night at 7:05. A four-game home series against Augusta wraps of the Legends’ home season. The eight home games will be played over eight straight days at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

The Legends close the regular season with a four-game series at Greenville.

JC Cloney (2-1) pitched seven shutout innings Tuesday night as the Legends completed a four-game sweep of the Northern Division-leading Lakewood BlueClaws with a 2-1 victory at Lakewood, N.J.

Brewer Hicklin and Rickey Aracena drove in runs for the Legends in the win.

Thursday

Hagerstown Suns at Lexington Legends

What: First game of four-game series

When: 7:05 p.m.

Where: Whitaker Bank Ballpark

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