Daniel Adamson's two-out, bases-loaded single in the eighth inning was enough to give the Lexington Legends a 5-4 win over the Asheville Tourists Saturday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
It was the Legends' first win in their last seven games, and this one didn't come easily. Starter Carlos Quevedo struck out 13 over six innings, but he gave up eight hits and four runs, including three solo homers over the first three.
Despite the Legends' recent slump, they climbed to within one game of the first-place Tourists (18-18) in the crowded South Atlantic League South race. Lexington is in fourth place, and six of the division's seven teams are separated by four games.
Asheville's Helder Velazquez and Chandler Laurent led off the second inning with back-to-back home runs for a 2-0 lead. Lexington tied it with three runs in the third thanks to a bases-loaded throwing error that scored two and an RBI groundout by Adam Bailey. Both teams scored once in the fifth.
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Negro League's youngest player to sign book
Former Negro League baseball player Dennis "Bose" Biddle will sign his book Secrets of the Negro League during a special appearance at the Legends' game Sunday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
Biddle, who played for the Chicago American Giants in 1953 and 1954, is listed in the Congressional Record as the youngest player ever in Negro League baseball. He was 17 when he joined Chicago in 1953. Biddle will be available for signing from 1-2:30 p.m.
Harper hits ninth homer
In other SAL action, Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals' star prospect, hit his ninth home run of the season in Hagerstown's 1-0 win against Lakewood. Harper was 2-for-4 and is batting .393 with 31 RBI in 34 games.