Meibrys in May: Player of Week, .400 avg.

In his first 12 games in the month of May, catcher Meibrys Viloria is batting .400 (16 for 40) with three homers and 10 runs batted in. (Photo- Mary Lay)

Meibrys in May:  After a slow start, Legends catcher Meibrys Viloria is among the South Atlantic League’s hottest hitters.  For the month of May, he is batting an even .400 (16 hits in 40 at bats) in 12 games.   He has hit all three of his home runs in May, and 10 of his 12 runs batted in have come in May.

He was named South Atlantic League Player of the Week for May 1-7, when he had eight hits in 15 at bats.

In the Legends victory today (May 16), Viloria had two hits in four at bats, and drove in three runs.

DeVito departs: First baseman Chris DeVito was promoted to advanced-A Wilmington May 11.  DeVito was leading the South Atlantic League in home runs with 11 and RBI with 38, and was tied for second in batting average at .347.

Legends 6, GreenJackets 4:  Gabriel Cancel had three hits and Meibrys Viloria drove in three runs as the Lexington Legends took a 6-4 win over the Augusta GreenJackets Tuesday in Augusta.

The Legends took the lead with two runs in the top of the first inning.  With one out, singles by Angelo Castellano and Kort Peterson put runners at first and second. Castellano went to third after Emmanuel Rivera lined out to center field.  Cancel’s single scored one run, and Peterson later came home on a wild pitch.

Augusta got one run back in the bottom of the first on singles by Sandro Fabian and Kelvin Beltre and a double by Skyler Ewing.

Peterson started the third inning with a double.   He went to third on a single by Cancel and scored on a bunt single by Viloria, giving the Legends a 3-1 lead.

After each team scored a run in the fourth, the Legends added two in the fifth for a 6-2 margin.  Peterson was hit by a pitch, and was replaced by Amalani Fukofuka.  Rivera lined out, but Cancel singled, moving Fukofuka to second base.  A double steal put runners at second and third, and Viloria’s double to right field scored two runs.

Augusta countered with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, the first coming on Frandy De La Rosa’s fourth home run of the season, but neither team scored again.

Lexington starter Travis Eckert (1-2) was the winning pitcher.  He worked five and two-thirds innings and allowed nine hits and four runs.   Walker Sheller gave up three hits and no runs in two and one-third innings of relief, and Grant Gavin pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Augusta starter D.J. Myers (1-4) took the loss.

The Legends won three out of four in the series.

Box score

On to Rome:  After an off day, the Legends will open a four-game series in Rome Thursday night.  First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

Congratulations to Miller:  Lexington native and former Legends outfielder Anderson Miller was named Carolina League Player of the Week.  Miller, who plays for the Wilmington Blue Rocks, hit .417 (10-for-24) with a pair of homers and drove in six runs while yielding a .500 on-base percentage.  The award has gone to a Wilmington player in each of the last two weeks.  Outfielder Elier Hernandez, also a former Legend, won for the week of May 1-7.  Hernandez has since been promoted to double-A Northwest Arkansas.