Lexington Legends

Legends get shut out over final eight innings

Juan Silverio's two-run homer in the fifth inning broke a tie, and the Kannapolis Intimidators went on to a 4-1 victory over the Lexington Legends Thursday night in Kannapolis.

The Legends scored in the top of the first inning on a triple by Jimmy Paredes and a sacrifice fly by Jake Goebbert, but they were shut out the rest of the way by Justin Collop, who worked the first seven innings, and Taylor Thompson, who pitched the eighth and ninth.

Silverio's homer, his fourth of the season, came with one out in the fifth and followed a single by Miguel Gonzalez, who had advanced to second on a passed ball.

Kannapolis added a run in the eighth. Jake Oester, the son of former Cincinnati Red Ron Oester, doubled to center field with one out. He scored on a single by Ian Gac. Collop (9-10) got the win, and Thompson earned his sixth save.

Lexington starter Luis Cruz (7-4) took the loss after allowing four hits and three runs, two earned, in six innings. He walked one batter and struck out eight.

Kannapolis has won the first two games of the four-game series, the last road trip of the season for the Legends before they return to Applebee's Park for eight games against Hagerstown and Rome. They were seven games out of first place in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division going into Thursday night.