Lexington Legends

Lexington's 4th win in a row is Pardo's first in the minors

A four-game winning streak was a long time coming.

But Luis Pardo's first professional victory was even longer in coming.

Both arrived Monday night at Applebee's Park, where Pardo pitched the Lexington Legends to a 7-4 victory over the Columbus Catfish.

The Legends had won three games in a row three times this season, but never four. They overcame a 4-0 deficit Monday, spraying 12 hits.

Pardo came in with an 0-5 record this season, 0-13 over his two-year pro career.

“It feels like about 6,000 pounds have been lifted off my shoulder,” said the right-hander, who gave up four runs, three earned, over seven innings. “It just feels great. I've been throwing two years for this now.”

Pardo gave up a run in the first and three in the second, then slammed the door.

“I have five pitches and I got rid of my slider and my splitter,” he said. “So I went fastball, curveball, change-up. I still needed to get a feel for that in the first inning.

“I felt like mentally I messed up because I felt like I needed to make my fastball better and I really didn't need to. So when I calmed down, the third inning on, everything just started working and clicking.”

Pardo gave up five hits, a walk and struck out six.

The Legends rallied with a run in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, then scored four in the seventh.

Craig Corrado opened the seventh with his third homer of the season, a liner to the left-field bleachers. The Legends would bat around, adding five singles.

Cat Everett and Matt Cusick singled. One out later, Max Sapp singled off the wall in right to score Everett. Jonathan Fixler's bloop single scored Cusick, and Steve Brown's single loaded the bases. Sapp scored on Russell Dixon's sacrifice fly.

Kyle Miller started the comeback with a solo homer in the fourth, to dead-center.

Dixon, who led off the fifth with a walk, scored on Everett's sacrifice fly.

Sapp started the sixth with a single, eventually coming home on a wild pitch.

Columbus' Maiko Loyola led off the game with a double. He scored on Reid Fronk's one-out single.

In the second, Chase Fontaine singled in a run, then scored on Michael McCormick's seventh homer.