Lexington Legends

Power rally past slumping Legends

Color the Lexington Legends blue for now.

The West Virginia Power rallied from a 4-0 deficit Friday night to edge the Legends 5-4 before a Whitaker Bank Ballpark crowd of 6,815.

After winning a season-high five games in a row, the Legends have lost six of their last eight. Friday's loss dropped them 41/2 games behind Southern Division-leading Savannah, tied with Asheville and Greenville.

"We had a team meeting (Thursday) ... and I told them, 'don't worry about the first half,' "  Manager Rodney Linares said. "We don't win the first half, we can always go at it in the second half.

"For a while, in the beginning, I thought we were going to run away with it. We hit a really big bump and, right now, offensively we're not there. The big guys in the middle of the lineup, except for (Adam) Bailey, are not doing their job. (Mike) Kvasnicka had a nice night tonight, had the home run (Thursday) night, so he's coming along."

Chris Wallace, who tore up the league in April, has slumped. Daniel Adamson is out for an indefinite time due to a broken finger. And power-hitting Telvin Nash is out until the all-star break due to a broken bone in his left hand.

Friday's game marked the second head-to-head matchup between 2010 first-round draft picks Mike Foltynewicz of the Legends and fellow right-hander Jameson Taillon.

Both were drafted out of high school, Foltynewicz going 19th overall to the Astros and signing for a $1.305 million bonus. Taillon was taken by the Pirates with the second overall pick, drawing a club-record $6.5 million bonus.

Foltynewicz took round one on May 18, getting the decision in a 4-2 win — his first win as a pro.

The Legends spotted him four runs in Friday's second inning, capped by Delino DeShields Jr.'s two-run homer. Also scoring on the blast was Tyler Burnett, who had three of Lexington's 10 hits.

After three scoreless innings, Foltynewicz didn't make it out of the fourth. West Virginia scored four runs on two singles and four walks. Foltynewicz went 32⁄3 innings, giving up four runs, five hits and five walks while fanning three.

"He never commanded his fastball all day," Linares said. "He got away with it in the first couple of innings. They were swinging at some pitches out of the zone. ... That fourth inning, he couldn't find the zone and, then, a little blooper here, a groundball single, it's a 4-4 game and he had to come out.

"But he's given us good quality the last two times out. Today was just not his day."

Taillon, listed by Baseball America as the top prospect in the Pittsburgh system, worked five innings. He gave up four runs, eight hits, no walks and struck out three.

"He's got a great arm," Linares said. "He commands his pitches. For me, he needs to stay taller and create a better angle, but he's 'got it.' I liked what I saw."