Raul Mondesi hit a home run and two triples and drove in four runs as the Lexington Legends set season highs in runs and hits in a 13-2 win over the Greenville Drive Thursday night.
The Drive took the lead in the first inning on a two-run single by Boss Moanaroa, but the Legends took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the third.
After Nick Cuckovich was hit by a pitch, Ethan Chapman put down a bunt on which third baseman Nick Moore threw past first for an error, one of six Drive errors in the game, allowing Cuckovich to go to third. Chapman stole second, and Terrance Gore followed with a single, scoring Cuckovich as Chapman moved to third. Mondesi’s triple brought home Chapman and Gore, giving the Legends a 3-2 lead.
The Legends broke the game open when they sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs in the fourth inning. Four Greenville errors in the inning helped the Legends’ cause.
With one out, Cuckovich reached first on an infield hit and moved to second on second baseman Mookie Betts throwing error. Chapman’s infield hit moved Cuckovich to third, and Chapman stole second. Gore followed with a single to left, scoring Cuckovich and Chapman. Gore was thrown out trying to advance to second, but Mondesi then tripled to right center field, and scored on a throwing error by center fielder Aneury Tavarez. Bubba Starling reached on Moore’s second error of the game, and then stole second base. Starling scored on Cam Gallagher’s single, and the Legends had a 7-2 lead. Jin-Ho Shin doubled, sending Gallagher to third. Fred Ford’s single brought Gallagher home, and Shin scored when first baseman Boss Moanaroa committed an error on a ball hit by Yowill Espinal.
The Legends added three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Espinal led off with a double, went to third on a ground out and scored on a single by Chapman. After Gore hit into a force play, Mondesi homered to left field, giving the Legends a 12-2 lead.
Lexington scored its final run in the eighth. Gallagher reached on an error by Drew Turocy in left field and scored on a two-out triple by Espinal, the last of Lexington’s 14 hits.
Lexington starter Christian Binford (1-1) settled down after the two-run, three-hit first inning and allowed just two more hits in his five and two-thirds innings of work. Scott Alexander was awarded a save after pitching three and one-third hitless innings in relief.
Greenville starter Frank Montas (0-2) took the loss. Both of his losses have been to the Legends at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.
The two teams meet Friday night at 7:05 p.m. in the second game of a four-game series.
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