Legends lead in HR; Rivera in top 5 in BA

Emmanuel Rivera is batting .305 and leads the Legends in RBI with 50. (Photo-Mary Lay)

The Legends will try to bounce back from a 16-2 loss to the Columbia Fireflies Wednesday afternoon at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.   They’ll have two more opportunities against the Fireflies in this series.  Game time is 7:05 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Among the leaders:   3B Emmanuel Rivera is tied for fourth in the SAL in hitting at .305 and tied for second in hits with 99.   OF Khalil Lee is tied for third in the SAL in home runs with 13.

Hot  in July :  In 12 games in the month of July, 2B Gabriel Cancel has 21 hits in 51 at bats (.412), with four homers and 11 RBI.  3B Emmanuel Rivera is 20 for 56 (.357)  in 14 July games and OF Marten Gasparini is at .315 (17 for 54) in 14 games for the month.  As a team, the Legends are batting. .274 in 15 games in July.

At the top:  The Legends lead the South Atlantic League in home runs with 88.  They have a team batting average of .265, one point behind Asheville, Charleston and Hagerstown, who are all tied at .266.

Vs. Fireflies:  Columbia has a 9-7 edge in the season series.  LHP Andre Davis is 2-0 in three starts against Columbia, with an ERA of 1.08 and 25 strikeouts in 16.2 IP.

Congratulations to Camp:  Legends’ relief pitcher Justin Camp was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for July 10-16.

In his one appearance last week, Camp pitched five no-hit innings – the 11th through 15th-in the Legends’ 7-6, 21-inning victory at Delmarva. It was the longest game in the Legends’ 17-year history. The first 20 innings were played Thursday night and early Friday morning. Rain then forced the suspension of play, and when the game was resumed Friday evening, the Legends scored a run on Marten Gasparini‘s homer in the top of the 21st and held on to win.

 Prospects:  Current Legends on MLB.com’s top 30 prospects in the Royals’ organization are OF Khalil Lee (#12)  C Meibrys Viloria (#13), LHP Garrett Davila (#16) and OF Marten Gasparini (#18).