Lexington Legends

Legends nearly no-hit

Legends shortstop Ronald Ramirez homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to save Lexington from being no-hit by the Charleston RiverDogs Wednesday night.

It couldn't save the Legends from a loss. Charleston held on to win the game 3-1.

The RiverDogs' Hector Noesi hadn't allowed a run in his first 201⁄3 innings this season. He was even better Wednesday night.

The 22-year-old right-hander struck out seven and walked one over seven hitless frames at Applebee's Park before handing the ball over to the Charleston bullpen.

Casey Erickson replaced Noesi and worked a 1-2-3 eighth, but Pat Venditte was unable to complete the no-hitter.

Noesi (1-0) was making his third start after beginning the season in the bullpen. He retired the first 19 batters before issuing a walk in the seventh.

"I'm pitching for a future in the big leagues, and I'll do whatever I have to do," said Noesi, who has struck out 35, walked three and allowed only 11 hits over 271⁄3 innings this year.