Lexington Legends

Slumping Wallace homers as Legends pound Power 7-1

Chris Wallace hit his first home run in three weeks to cap the Legends' five-run fifth inning, and Lexington beat the West Virginia Power 7-1 Saturday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

Wallace's two-run shot — his 11th of the season — was his only hit of the game and just his sixth over the last 10. In that span, the catcher is hitting .171 with three RBI after tearing up the South Atlantic League for most of the first two months of the season.

Saturday's win gave Lexington a split in the four-game home series with a three-game trip to Greenville starting Sunday. Right fielder Adam Bailey also knocked in two runs for the Legends with a first-inning triple and a groundout in the big fifth.

But it might be Wallace's homer off reliever Kevin Decker that gives Lexington's slouching offense the boost it needs.

After a five-game win streak that started the night Wallace last went long, the Legends had lost six of eight coming into Saturday's game and hadn't scored more than four runs in a game during that stretch. But even though Lexington's now two games below .500, it is just 31/2 games behind Southern leader Savannah in the first-half title race with 14 games to go.