Lexington’s Austin Fairchild pitched six no-hit innings against Rome in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday night, but left the game trailing 1-0. The Braves went on to win 3-0 to gain a split. The Legends won the first game 4-3. Both were seven-inning games.
Rome scored an unearned run against Fairchild in the first inning of the second game. Leadoff hitter Mikey Reynolds walked, stole second, and came home when Johan Camargo’s grounder got past second baseman Ramon Torres for an error.
Fairchild (0-1) took the loss. He struck out seven batters and walked three in his six innings of work.
Rome broke through in the seventh against reliever Cesar Ogando. With one out, Carlos Franco reached first base on an error by third baseman Mauricio Ramos. Jake Schrader followed with a clean single to center field, Rome’s first hit since the first inning of the first game. After Blake Brown walked, loading the bases, Cody Livesay delivered a two-run single to close out the scoring.
Rome starter Frank Lefreniere (1-1) allowed only an infield single to Humberto Arteaga in the first inning. In six innings, he struck out six batters and walked none in getting his first win of the season. Tyler Brosius pitched the seventh to earn his first save of the season.
In the first game, the Braves moved in front with three runs in the top of the first inning. Reynolds led off with a double, Reed Harper singled, and Victor Caratini drove in both runners with a double to right field. Caratini moved to third on a fly ball by Schrader, but was thrown out at home when he tried to score on Victor Reyes’ ground ball to shortstop.
The Legends tied the game in the second inning. Ramos doubled and moved to third on a single by Michael Antonio. Fred Ford’s double scored both runners, and Ford later scored on a base hit by Dominique Taylor.
Lexington scored the tie-breaking run in the fifth on a walk to Alfredo Escalera, a sacrifice by Torres and a double by Ramos.
Kevin McCarthy (1-0) got the win after pitching the last three innings of the game. He allowed no hits, walked two and struck out one. After giving up three runs and four hits in the first inning, starter Luke Farrell allowed no hits and one walk through the next three innings.
Lexington is 3-3 for the season, Rome 2-4.
The Legends and Braves will wrap up their three-game series with an Education Day game at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Wednesday morning. First pitch is set for 10:05 a.m.