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Legends jump on Suns early, hold on for win

July 31, 2008

The Lexington Legends changed tactics on Wednesday.

Lexington waited until two were out in the eighth inning on Tuesday to pull out a 3-1 victory.

On Wednesday, it took the first batter to get a lead and the first inning to get enough runs for a victory.

Lexington scored two runs in the first off Bradley Meyers and settled in behind starter Jeff Icenogle for a 3-1 morning matinee victory over the Hagerstown Suns.

It all started as leadoff hitter Matt Cusick, who was later traded to the New York Yankees for LaTroy Hawkins, ripped the second pitch of the game over the right-field wall for a 1-0 lead. Brian Pellegrini followed with a one-out double and scored on Jacob Priday's two-out triple to right to give Icenogle a 2-0 lead before he even took the mound.

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The Suns (18-21) got one of the runs back in the second on doubles by Jesus Valdez and Tim Pahuta.

The Legends scored an unearned insurance run in the eighth.

The Suns had the bases loaded in the eighth and ninth innings, but failed to score.

Icenogle (3-7) pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing the one run on five hits while striking out six. Meyers (7-5) allowed two runs on six hits while striking out eight in seven innings.

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