Sunday Links: Legends Take Game Two

Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball

Jay Bruce

The Legends moved a game ahead of Bowling Green in the full-season standings with a 3-1 victory in the “Battle for the BluGrass” Sunday.  Bowling Green has to win the final two games of the season to finish ahead of their state rivals.

  • The Legends report Brandon Wikoff’s two-run single in the seventh was the difference in their 3-1 victory.
  • The Hot Rods report Shane Dyer held the Legends to one run in six innings in the 3-1 loss.
  • Rehabbing Reds Jay Bruce and Ryan Hannigan were 6-10 with four runs scored in a 7-4 victory over Indianapolis.

Game Time Notes

Minor League Baseball

Jordan Lyles

Lexington Legends vs. Greenville Drive

  • The Legends send top prospect Jordan Lyles to the mound tonight to open a four-game series with Greenville and an eight-game homestand.  Lyles is 6-9 with a 3.42 ERA on the season.  The 19-year-old right-handed pitcher ranks second in the South Atlantic League with 133 strikeouts.  Jordan won his last start with six shutout innings against Charleston.
  • Shortstop Brandon Wikoff resumed his assault on SAL pitching since his recent callup with a 2-5 performance Tuesday.  Wikoff had gone hitless in his previous two games, but is 14-32 (.438) with five runs scored and six RBI in 8 games with Lexington.  The 2009 fifth-round pick has at least two hits in six of eight games with the Legends.
  • Lexington closer Patrick Urckfitz recorded his first save in over a month Monday.  Urckfitz has 11 saves in 13 opportunities in 2009, but hadn’t pitched in a save situation since July 5 and hadn’t recorded a save since July 2.  Patrick actually allowed one run in his save opportunity Monday, ending a seven outing scoreless streak.  Urckfitz was 1-0 with two saves and a 0.77 ERA in July.
  • The Drive will send recently converted starting pitcher Fabian Wilson to the mound against the Legends.  Wilson is 7-3 with a 2.13 ERA on the season but has only started five games for Greenville.  Fabian’s last two appearances have come out of the Drive starting rotation, but he hasn’t pitched longer than five innings in a game this season.  Wilson has 77 strikeouts in 72 innings and opponents are only batting .176 against him.