Lexington Legends

Legends lose close one in ninth

The Lexington Legends' hard-luck season continued Saturday night in Savannah, Ga., when the Sand Gnats broke a 2-2 tie to win 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth.

Legends reliever Jay Pacella got into trouble in the ninth when Sand Gnat Michael Parker advanced to second on Richard Pena's sacrifice bunt.

Pacella then intentionally walked first baseman Joaquin Rodriguez and struck out right fielder Carlos Guzman, bringing up second baseman Greg Veloz.

Veloz's single to center field scored Parker, ended the game and saddled Pacella with his third loss of the season.

The Legends (5-17 in the second half) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when shortstop Catlin Everett drove in center fielder Steve Brown, but Savannah answered in the bottom half with two runs.

Lexington tied it in the fifth on a Craig Corrado RBI double to right field.

Legends starter Leandro Cespedes put in a solid five innings, striking out six to match the six hits he gave up.

Sand Gnats reliever Junior Guerra got the win with three innings of work.