Lexington Legends

Mier delivers game-winning, two-out single in ninth

Jiovanni Mier's two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning broke a 3-3 tie and sent the Lexington Legends to a 5-3 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators in Kannapolis, N.C., on Friday night.

Mier's liner to left-center off Kannapolis reliever Jacob Petricka (0-1) scored Grant Hogue and Jimmy Paredes. Hogue had four of Lexington's 14 hits, and Paredes had two, including an RBI single in the sixth.

Lexington never trailed but stranded 15 runners on base in a back-and-forth game.

Lexington took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning thanks to two errors on one play.

Kannapolis starting pitcher Andre Rienzo attempted a pickoff throw to second base but the ball sailed into center field. Legends base runner Miguel Arrendell went to third on the throw and came home when center fielder Trayce Thompson overran the ball.

Kannapolis tied it 1-1 in the fifth before Lexington answered with two runs in the sixth for a 3-1 lead. Kannapolis scored one run in the sixth and one in the eighth to make it 3-3.

Legends reliever Kirk Clark (4-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.