Lexington Legends

Improvement means success for Lexington

Success, often, is in the eye of the beholder.

The Lexington Legends completed their home schedule Monday with a 3-2 victory over the Greenville Drive.

Although Lexington's record at Applebee's Park this season, 32-39, might sound sub-par, it's a huge leap from a year ago.

The 2008 Legends, the worst in franchise history, finished 22-47 at Applebee's Park and 45-93 overall.

"We played good at home," first baseman Brian Pellegrini said. "We just couldn't get those close games. When we're on the road, for some reason, we squeak those games out."

Lexington concludes the season with a seven-game road trip. If the Legends, 31-31 on the road, sweep all seven, they will finish at .500 overall (70-70).

"I think we've done a very good job of just going out there and battling night after night," Manager Tom Lawless said. "We had that tough stretch where we lost 11 in a row. That kind of killed our chance to be at .500. But we bounced back after that, and we've played pretty good, especially this homestand."

Pellegrini, whose 24 homers are one shy of the single-season franchise record shared by Beau Hearod and Hunter Pence, came up big again.

After Greenville scored a run in the fifth to cut Lexington's lead to 2-1, Pellegrini drove in a run in the bottom of the inning. He launched the first pitch offered by Drive starter Jeremy Kehrt (1-2), an up-in-the-zone changeup, for a sacrifice fly to left. Jay Austin, who led off the inning with his second single of the night, scored easily from third.

Ty Weeden led off the Greenville ninth with a single. But Oscar Tejeda hit into a 4-6-3 double play, thanks to Pellegrini's stretch at first.

"That's about as far as I can stretch," he said. "I was just able to hang onto that bag for that little second."

Kyle Godfrey, who went 31⁄3 innings for his third save, fanned Kade Keowen to end it.

Lawless liked the elements that produced the victory: a strong start by Brad Dydalewicz; Godfrey's relief; Pellegrini's RBI, plus his stretch.

"That's how you win games," Lawless said. "You do the little things, which is what we've stressed all year long, and you've got a chance to win with good pitching."

Dydalewicz (8-5) gave up two runs on seven hits over 52⁄3 innings. He struck out three and walked one.

When he left, Greenville had runners on first and third. Godfrey came in and got Tejeda on a fly to right.

"The changeup was working well," Dydalewicz said. "And then I thank Godfrey for coming in. I got in a little jam, and he got me out of it."

Reinaldo Pestana's two-out single in the fourth inning sparked a two-run rally.

Albert Cartwright was then hit by a pitch.

Michael Diaz singled in Pestana. Chris Jackson's single plated Cartwright.