Legends play final home games this week; Rivera wraps up big year

Emmanuel Rivera is batting .372 in the month of August. He leads the South Atlantic League in hits and is third in batting average as of August 27. (Photo-Mary Lay)

The Legends will wrap up the home season this week, and third baseman Emmanuel Rivera will put the finishing touches on an outstanding year.

Going into Sunday’s games, Rivera leads the South Atlantic League in hits with 138, five more than Asheville’s Willie Abreu.  Rivera is second in batting average at .312, tied for third in total bases at 210, and is fifth in on-base percentage at .366.

This is Rivera’s first year in full-season professional baseball (a 140-game schedule as opposed to 70 in the Arizona and Appalachian Leagues, where he spent the last two years), and he’s putting together a strong finish.  He has 15 hits in his last 36 at bats (.417).  For the month of August, he’s hitting .372 (29 for 78) in 21 games, with 17 runs batted in.

The Legend are at home for a single game Tuesday night and a doubleheader Wednesday against the Augusta GreenJackets, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.  Game time Tuesday night is 7:05 p.m., and the first of two seven-inning games Wednesday will begin at 5:35 p.m.    The Legends are off Thursday and will finish the season with four games at Hagerstown starting Friday night.  For more information, visit lexingtonlegends.com

Vizcaino’s streak:  After a two-out, ninth-inning error kept Saturday night’s game going, Legends outfielder Vance Vizcaino took advantage of the opportunity and singled, extending his hitting streak to 14 games.  That’s the longest streak by a Legend this season.