Lexington rallies for six in ninth to beat Suns

July 26, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Lexington came back from the dead, scoring six runs in the ninth inning -- including four with two outs -- on Sunday to pull out a 6-3 victory in walk-off fashion over the Hagerstown Suns.

Light-hitting Reinaldo Pestana hit a three-run home run to win the game.

The loss tarnished an outstanding start by Hagerstown's Paul Demny, who struck out 12 in six innings. Hagerstown pitching collected 16 of Lexington's 26 outs on strikes.

It all came down to the ninth inning, though, as the Legends got to Suns reliever Chris Rivera.

Rivera opened the ninth by hitting Chris Jackson with a pitch, followed by an Albert Cartwright single. Eric Suttle put the Legends on the board with a one-out single.

After Suttle stole second, Andrew Simunic hit an RBI single to Suns shortstop Steven Souza. Suttle tried to also score on the play and was tagged out in a rundown while Simunic took second.


Pinch hitter Frederico Hernandez doubled to tie the game and Jeff Hulett singled to put runners on first and third, while chasing Rivera from the game.

Pestana, who was hitting .158, greeted Austin Garrett with his three-run shot to win the game.

Michael Guerrero homered in the second and fourth innings for the Suns.

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