Lexington Legends

Puckett throws 5 no-hit innings in Legends’ sweep of Suns

The Lexington Legends’ A.J. Puckett earned his first professional victory on Sunday against the Hagerstown Suns.
The Lexington Legends’ A.J. Puckett earned his first professional victory on Sunday against the Hagerstown Suns. Lexington Legends

A.J. Puckett pitched five no-hit innings as the Lexington Legends completed a sweep of a doubleheader over the Hagerstown Suns with an 8-2 win in the second game.

Puckett (1-2), a second-round draft choice by the Kansas City Royals earlier this year, earned the first win of his professional career.

Hagerstown had only two baserunners against Puckett — Kelvin Gutierrez, who walked in the first inning, and Ian Sagdal, who reached on an error by second baseman D.J. Burt in the fourth.

Puckett, who pitched 99 innings in his junior season at Pepperdine before joining the Royals’ organization after the draft in June, left the game after the fifth. He walked one batter and struck out four.

In the first game Sunday, starter Nolan Watson and reliever Gabe Cramer combined for a five-hit shutout as the Legends won 1-0.

The Legends scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, Roman Collins singled, stole second and came home on a two-out single by Brandon Dulin.

Watson (3-10) pitched the first five innings. He allowed three hits, walked two batters and struck out four.

Cramer worked the sixth and seventh innings and gave up two hits for his third save. He struck out Matt Reistetter with with the tying run at third base in the seventh to end the game.

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