Legends tied for first as Greenville invades

Legends’ second baseman Gabriel Cancel is batting .450 (18 hits in 40 at bats) against Greenville this year. (Photo – Mary Lay)

The Lexington Legends are taking some positive momentum into this weekend’s four-game series against Greenville at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

The Legends have won four straight games and are tied for first place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division.  Lexington and Charleston each have nine wins and five losses in the second half of the season.   The season is divided into two halves, with each division winner going on to the post-season playoffs.   Kannapolis won the Northern Division for the first half, and Greenville was the Southern Division champion.

The Legends are batting .266 as a team for the year, one point behind league leader Hagerstown.

Game times this weekend are 7:05 p.m. Friday, 6:35 p.m. Saturday, 2:05 p.m. Sunday and 7:05 p.m. Monday.

Other notes as the Legends take on the Drive, an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox:

Vs. Drive:  The Legends have a 5-5 record against the Drive this season.  2B Gabriel Cancel is batting .450 (18 hits in 40 AB) against Greenville, with five doubles, one homer, four runs batted in and 10 runs scored.

Hot bat:  OF Yeison Melo has 9 hits in his last 21 at bats (.429).

On the rise:  The Legends are now second in the league in team batting average at .266, one point behind Hagerstown.  The Legends batted .272 in the month of June (26 games).   In the series at Greenville June 30-July 3, the Legends scored 33 runs on 55 hits, and won three of four games.

Cashing in: With the bases loaded, 3B Emmanuel Rivera is 4-for-5 with 10 RBI.   Rivera has drawn a bases-loaded walk in each of the two games of the West Virginia series this week.

 Ready to run:  Fans can see two of the league’s leading base stealers in action this weekend.  OF Rudy Martin, who has played in 32 games for the Legends, is third in the league in stolen bases with 25.  Martin is one behind co-leaders Tyler Hill of Greenville and Randy Ventura of Rome.