Mauricio Ramos had five hits in six at bats, and Chad Johnson drove in four runs as the Lexington Legends pounded out 19 hits on their way to a 16-8 win over the Hickory Crawdads Tuesday night.
After the Crawdads scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning, two runs coming on a homer by Kellen Deglan, the Legends erupted for eight runs in the top of the second.
Ramos started the inning with a home run. Elier Hernandez doubled, moved to third on a single by Johnson and scored on a sacrifice fly by Fred Ford. Alexis Rivera popped out for the second out, but walks to Alfredo Escalera and Carlos Garcia loaded the bases. Johnson scored on a wild pitch, and Kenny Diekroeger walked, loading the bases again. Frank Schwindel singled home two runs to tie the game at 5-5. Ramos singled, scoring Diekroeger with the go-ahead run as Schwindel moved to third.
Hernandez singled, bringing home Schwindel, and Johnson’s base hit scored Ramos, giving the Legends an 8-5 lead after an inning and a half.
Evan Van Hoosier led off the bottom of the second with a home run for Hickory, but the Legends pulled away with three runs in the fourth inning and four in the sixth. The fourth inning included a run-scoring double by Hernandez and a two-run single by Johnson. In the sixth, a two-out wild pitch on strike three to Ford kept the inning alive. Rivera singled home one run, Carlos Garcia doubled in two more, and Escalera’s double scored Garcia, putting the Legends in front 15-6.
Hickory scored its final two runs in the bottom of the sixth, and the Legends added one in the seventh when Johnson’s ground out scored Ramos from third.
Matt Alvarez (4-3), who relieved starter Luis Rico at the start of the fourth inning, got the win. Hickory starter Akeem Bostick, removed after an inning and two-thirds, took the loss.
The Legends have won the first two games in the series, which concludes Wednesday night. Game time is 7 p.m.