In the lead: After two homers, one of them a grand slam, and six runs batted in in Friday night’s game, Legends first baseman Chris DeVito leads the South Atlantic League in home runs with seven and RBIs with 28. In his last five games, DeVito has hit four home runs and driven in 12 runs. He’s batting .333 (29 for 87) for the season.
Friday night: Chris DeVito hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs as the Lexington Legends rolled to a 16-4 win over the Hagerstown Suns Friday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Gabriel Cancel also hit two homers for Lexington, and Khalil Lee hit a grand slam and drove in five runs.
Lee drew a leadoff walk in the first inning. Cancel followed with a single and Kort Peterson walked before DeVito delivered his sixth home run of the year to put the Legends up 4-0.
After Daniel Johnson hit a two-run homer for Hagerstown in the top of the third, the Legends broke the game open with seven runs in the bottom half. Cancel led off with a homer. After Peterson grounded out, DeVito doubled to left field and scored on a triple by Emmanuel Rivera. Meibrys Viloria singled, scoring Rivera, and Viloria moved to second on a single by Angelo Castellano. Amalani Fukofuka flied out to center field, but Marten Gasparini walked, loading the bases. Hayden Howard relieved starter Carlos Pena for Hagerstown, and Lee greeted Howard with a 410-foot blast over the wall in right center field, giving Lexington an 11-2 lead.
The Suns added a run in the fourth, but the Legends answered with five in the bottom of the fifth.
Fukofuka led off with a single, moved to third on a double by Gasparini and scored on a ground out by Lee. Cancel followed with a two-run homer, and after Peterson singled, DeVito hit his second home run of the game, and the Legends led 16-3.
Hagerstown scored its final run in the eighth inning on a double by Johnson and a two-out single by Sheldon Neuse.
Gerson Garabito (3-1) worked the first six innings and got the win. Pena (1-1), who pitched in college for Lindsey Wilson, was the losing the pitcher.
The Legends have won the first two games of the series, which continues Saturday night. Game time is 6:35 p.m.