Lexington Legends visit Charleston RiverDogs

May 19, 2009

South Atlantic League baseball

Coming up

Lexington Legends vs. Charleston RiverDogs

What: Four-game series

When: Wednesday through Saturday (7:05 each night)

Where: Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park, Charleston, S.C.

Probable pitcher (Legends listed first: Wednesday, LH Brad Didalewicz (2-0, 0.00) vs. RH David Phelps (3-1, 3.07); Thursday, RH Ross Seaton (3-1, 1.59) vs. RH Andrew Brackman (0-4, 4.01); Friday, RH Robert Bono (4-1, 2.08) vs. LH Manny Banuelos (1-1, 3.38); Saturday, RH Kyle Greenwalt (2-3, 2.50) vs. RH Brett Marshall (1-3, 5.35).

Brandon Braboy

Brandon Braboy

RiverDog to watch: RHP Brandon Braboy (6-foot, 195 pounds, from Kevil, Ky.) is 1-1 with a 3.27 ERA over 11 relief outings. In 22 innings, he has struck out 20 and walked three, holding opponents to a .212 average. Out of Heath High School and the University of Indianapolis, Braboy was selected by the Yankees in the 18th round of last June’s draft. After going 8-3 with a 3.61 for his college team, Braboy was 2-1 with a 3.21 ERA for the Yankees’ rookie team at Staten Island.

Marques Williams

Marques Williams

Legend to watch: OF Marques Williams (6-0, 185, from Los Angeles) joined the Legends last weekend, promoted from extended spring training. After going hitless in his first two games, Williams doubled. He wound up scoring the decisive run in a 2-1 victory over Savannah, swiping home on a delayed double steal. Williams, 23, was selected by the Astros in the 43rd round of the June 2007 draft, out of Compton Community College. He played seven games for Greeneville in 2007 and 46 for Tri-City last year, batting a combined .212 with 11 RBI and five stolen bases.

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De Leon single in 14th gives Legends 3-2 win

May 11, 2009
The Lexington Legends are back in town for eight games, tied for first place in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division and itching to snap a four-game losing streak.

Things are off to a fast start on a Monday night at Applebee’s Park.

The Charleston RiverDogs package three hits and a walk in the first inning. Abraham Almonte’s bases-loaded single to center gives the New York Yankees affiliate a 2-0 lead.

Jay Austin

Jay Austin

Federico Hernandez

Federico Hernandez

The Legends come back with two in the bottom of the inning.

Jay Austin leads off with a double to the right-field corner. One out later, Federico Hernandez rips an Andrew Brackman fastball for a home run off of the awning over the right-field deck.

Legends right-hander Robert Bono, who wasn’t missing his spots by much in the first inning, settles down to blank the RiverDogs in the second and third, although yielding three more singles.

Robert Bono

Robert Bono

The first of those hits, by Mike Lyon, nearly turned into a spectacular out. Shortstop Jorge De Leon made a diving stop of a hard-hit ball up the middle, but was unable to make a clean glove-to-hand transfer.

Jorge De Leon

Jorge De Leon

DeLeon and DH Michael Diaz are making their Legends debuts Monday. A third, second baseman Andy Simunic, is making his home debut.

More on the newcomers coming up. The Legends have just been retired, so the totals after three innings:

Charleston: 2 runs, 6 hits, 1 error. Lexington: 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors.

* The arrival of new players reflects the team health, rather than any player promotions.

Simunic was called from extended spring training when 2B Albert Cartwright suffered a broken forearm.

De Leon is filling in at short for Ricardo Bonfante, who has been placed on the DL due to a dislocated left shoulder.

Kyle Miller

Kyle Miller

Diaz trades places with infielder Kyle Miller, who has been sent to extended spring training.

* Meanwhile, both teams put up zeroes in the fourth inning.

Charleston shortstop Carmen Angelini, called out on strikes to end the top half of the inning, was ejected for arguing the call.

Michael Diaz

Michael Diaz

De Leon, a 6-foot, 168-pound 21-year-old from the Dominican Republic, signed with the Houston Astros in 2006. He spent two seasons in the Dominican Summer League and spent last season with the Greeneville Astros of the Appalachian League. His three-year totals include a .216 average, six homers, 50 RBI and nine stolen bases.

Diaz (5-10, 180, age 22), from Monroe, Conn., was selected by the Astros in the 30th round of last June’s draft, out of Southern Connecticut State University. He broke in with Tri-City of the New York-Penn League last summer, hitting .282 with five homers and 22 RBI over 48 games. He also stole six bases.

Andy Simunic

Andy Simunic

Ashton Mowdy

Ashton Mowdy

Simunic (6-0, 175, 23), from Collierville, Tenn., was taken in the 17th round of last year’s draft, out of the University of Tennessee. He hit .234 for Tri-City last summer, with 14 RBI and four stolen bases over 53 games. He was the ValleyCats’ Defensive Player of the Month for July.

* Back to the game … Still 2-2 through five innings.

To open the sixth, the Legends have turned to right-hander Ashton Mowdy. Bono went five innings, giving up two runs, eight hits and a walk, while striking out three.

Through five innings: Charleston 2 runs, 8 hits, 1 error; Lexington 2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors.

Andrew Brackman

Andrew Brackman

* We’re through six innings now, and the Legends are hoping 6-foot-8, 240-pound right-hander Andrew Brackman is about at the end of his night’s work. Still tied, 2-2.

Patrick Urckfitz

Patrick Urckfitz

* Still 2-2 through seven. The Legends changed pitchers with two out and one on (via a walk) in the top of the seventh. Lefty Patrick Urckfitz took over from righty Ashton Mowdy, striking out Taylor Grote.

* Still 2-2, although the Legends threatened in the eighth. With runners on second and third, Brandon Barnes took a called third strike that he clearly thought was outside.

Going to the ninth, the Legends bring in right-hander Jose Trinidad.

Jose Trinidad

Jose Trinidad

* Trinidad retires the RiverDogs in order, getting a foul out to his catcher, Federico Hernandez, then striking out Mike Lyon and Ray Kruml.

In the bottom of the ninth, Charleston goes to right-hander Dan Kapala. Starter Andrew Brackman finishes with a season-long stint of eight innings, giving up two runs, seven hits and a walk, striking out nine.

Kapala gets Russell Dixon on a liner to center. Phil Disher picks up a golden sombrero with his fourth strikeout. Andy Simunic flies to right. So we go to extra innings, tied 2-2.

10th inning
Russell Dixon

Russell Dixon

Addison Maruszak leads off the top of the 10th with a base hit to right. Dan Brewer bunts him to second. Taylor Grote singles through the right side. Maruszak, running all the way, gets cut down at the plate as the throw from right fielder Russell Dixon arrives on the fly. Maruszak tries to bowl over catcher Federico Hernandez, who holds on to the ball. Grote takes second on the throw. Legends Manager Tom Lawless calls on his closer, Daniel Meszaros, to face Abraham Almonte. A called third strike over the outside corner makes Almonte the latest in a long list of batters to grumble to umpire Joey Amaral.

In the bottom of the 10th, Ebert Rosario and Jorge De Leon ground out. Jay Austin coaxes a full-count walk, but Michael Diaz strikes out.

11th inning
Brandon Barnes

Brandon Barnes

Charleston goes down in order as Corban Joseph strikes out and Neall French flies to right, where Russell Dixon breaks in late but makes a diving catch. Then, left-fielder Brandon Barnes saves the day. Mitch Abeita’s two-out fly ball rockets deep to the power alley in left-center, but Barnes races back to make an outstanding catch at the wall, just below the “K” board.

Federico Hernandez leads off the Legends’ 11th with a single to left. Brandon Barnes pops a foul bunt to catcher Mitch Abeita. Russell Dixon’s potential double-play grounder is bobbled by second baseman Corban Joseph. That gives Hernandez enough time to reach second, although Dixon is nabbed at first. Phil Disher, 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, works the count full but goes down swinging. On to the 12th, tied 2-2.

12th inning
Brian Wabick

Brian Wabick

Right-hander Brian Wabick becomes the sixth Legends pitcher of the game. Mike Lyon tries to bunt for a hit, but Wabick throws him out. Ray Kruml and Addison Maruszak go down swinging.

Right-hander Cory Arbiso comes in to pitch for Charleston. Andy Simunic and Ebert Rosario ground out. Jorge De Leon strikes out. Through 12 innings: Lexington 2, Charleston 2.

13th inning

Dan Brewer leads off with a single through the left side of the infield. Taylor Grote strikes out. With the hit-and-run on, Abraham Almonte swings and misses — and Brewer is thrown out at second base by Federico Hernandez. Almonte then takes a called third strike.

In the bottom of the 13th, Jay Austin bounces out to pitcher Cory Arbiso. Michael Diaz chops one just over the pitcher to reach on an infield single. Federico Hernandez singles to the left-field corner, moving Diaz to third. Hernandez takes second as left-fielder Taylor Grote bobbles the ball for his first error of the season. Charleston brings its infield in. Brandon Barnes grounds to third baseman Mike Lyon, whose throw to catcher Mitch Abeita is in plenty of time. Diaz comes in with a full body block, but Abeita holds on. Hernandez holds at second. Russell Dixon taps out to Arbiso. On to the 14th!

14th inning

Corban Joseph draws a leadoff walk. Neall French bunts him to second. But Mitch Abeita grounds to third and Mike Lyon strikes out.

Kody Hinze pinch-hits for Phil Disher, who finishes 0-for-5, all strikeouts. Hinze swings and … misses for a sixth strikeout in the slot. Andy Simunic singles sharply to left. He takes second on Ebert Rosario’s bouncer to third. Jorge De Leon singles to right. Simunic never slows and right-fielder Ray Kruml fails to make a clean pick up. Simunic scores standing up, with no play. Final: Legends 3, RiverDogs 2.

Charleston    200 000 000 000 00 — 2  12  2
Lexington     200 000 000 000 01 – 3  12  0
W:
Wabick (1-0); L: Arbiso (1-3). HR: Lex, Hernandez 4. LOB: Chas.10, Lex. 10.
Leading hitters:  Hernandez, De Leon (Lexington), 3 hits each; Brewer, Grote, Almonte, Abeita (Charleston), and Simunic, Rosario (Lexington), 2 hits each. Att: 3,076.

Pitching summary

Charleston
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Brackman 8.0 7 2 2 1 9 1 4.06
Kapala 3.0 1 0 0 1 3 0 2.78
Arbiso (L, 1-3) 2.2 4 1 1 0 2 0 3.18
 
Lexington
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Bono 5.0 8 2 2 1 3 0 1.91
Mowdy 1.2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Urckfitz 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 4.50
Trinidad 1.2 2 0 0 0 2 0 4.91
Meszaros 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Wabick (W, 1-0) 3.0 1 0 0 1 5 0 8.80

Charleston RiverDogs visit Lexington Legends

May 10, 2009
South Atlantic League baseball

Coming up

Legends vs. Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs 

What: Four-game series

When: Monday through Thursday (7:05 each night)

Where:  Applebee’s Park

Tickets: Call   (859) 422-7867        

Probable pitchers (Legends listed first): Monday, RH Robert Bono (4-1, 1.61) vs. RH Andrew Brackman (0-4, 4.55); Tuesday, RH Kyle Greenwalt (2-2, 1.86) vs. RH Brett Marshall (0-3, 6.66); Wednesday, RH Jordan Lyles (1-3, 4.11) vs. RH Hector Noesi (0-0, 0.00); Thursday, RH Ross Seaton (4-2, 1.51) vs. TBA.

RiverDog to watch: Pat Venditte (6-foot-1, 180 pounds, from Omaha, Neb.) is second in SAL saves, behind only Legends right-hander Daniel Meszaros. What

Pat Venditte

Pat Venditte

makes Venditte unusual is that he pitches with both hands, and well. Over his 12 appearances, Venditte is 2-1 with seven saves and a 0.61 ERA. He has allowed three runs, one earned, while holding opponents to a .204 batting average over 14 2/3 innings. The Yankees selected Venditte in the 20th round of last June’s draft, out of Creighton University. With Staten Island of the New York-Penn League last summer, Venditte was 1-0, 23-for-23 in save situations, with a 0.83 ERA and was named the league’s Reliever of the Year.

Legend to watch: 2B Andy Simunic (6-0, 175, from Collierville, Tenn.) joined the Legends last week, called up from extended spring

Andy Simunic

Andy Simunic

training after Albert Cartwright suffered a broken forearm. In his first five games, Simunic is 5-for-18 (.278), with a double, walk and stolen bases. He comes home with a four-game hitting streak. Selected by the Astros in the 17th round of last June’s draft, out of Tennessee, Simunic hit .234 and drove in 14 runs over 53 games with Tri-City last summer. He was the team’s Defensive Player of the Month in July.

Also of note: What happens when an ambidextrous pitcher encounters a switch-hitter? Rules state that the pitcher must declare which arm he will use to throw. Each side is then allowed to switch once. . . . The Legends expect to have a roster addition Monday, as SS Ricardo Bonfante suffered a dislocated left shoulder when he attempted a head-first slide Friday at Rome.

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