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Legends tied through 6

Legends tied through 6
May 11, 2009 (Lexington Herald-Leader delivered by Newstex ) --

The Lexington Legends are back in town for eight games, tied for first place in the South Atlantic Leagues Southern Division and itching to snap a four-game losing streak.

Things are off to a fast start on a Monday night at Applebees Park.

The Charleston RiverDogs package three hits and a walk in the first inning. Abraham Almontes bases-loaded single to center gives the Yankees affiliate a 2-0 lead.

Jay Austin

Federico Hernandez

The Legends come back with two in the bottom of the inning.

Jay Austin leads off with a double to the right-field corner. One out later, Federico Hernandez rips an Andrew Brackman fastball for a home run off of the awning over the right-field deck.

Legends right-hander Robert Bono, who wasnt missing his spots by much in the first inning, settles down to blank the RiverDogs in the second and third, although yielding three more singles.

The first of those hits, by Mike Lyon, nearly turned into a spectacular out. Shortstop?Jorge DeLeon?made a diving stop of a hard-hit ball up the middle, but was unable to make a clean glove-to-hand transfer.

DeLeon and DH Michael Diaz are making their Legends debuts Monday. A third, second baseman Andy Simunic,?is making his home debut.

More on the newcomers coming up. The Legends have just been retired, so the totals after three innings:

Charleston: 2 runs, 6 hits, 1 error. Lexington: 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors.

The arrival of new players reflects the team health, rather than any player promotions.

Simunic was called from extended spring training when 2B Albert Cartwright suffered a broken forearm.

DeLeon is filling in at short for Ricardo Bonfante, who has been placed on the DL due to a dislocated left shoulder.

Kyle Miller

Diaz trades places with infielder Kyle Miller, who has been sent to extended spring training.

Meanwhile, both teams put up zeroes in the fourth inning.

Charleston shortstop Carmen Angelini, called out on strikes to end the top half of the inning, was ejected for arguing the call.

DeLeon, a 6-foot, 168-pound 21-year-old?from the Dominican Republic, signed with the Astros in 2006. He spent two seasons in the Dominican Summer League and spent last season with the Greeneville Astros of the Appalachian League. His three-year totals include a .216 averagem six homers, 50 RBI and nine stolen bases.

Diaz (5-10, 180, age 22), from Monroe, Conn., was selected by the Astros in the 30th round of last Junes draft, out of Southern Connecticut State University. He broke in with Tri-City of the New York-Penn League last summer, hitting .282 with five homers and 22 RBI over 48 games. He also stole six bases.

Andy Simunic

Simunic (6-0, 175, 23), from Collierville, Tenn., was taken in the 17th round of last years draft, out of the University of Tennessee. He hit .234 for Tri-City last summer, with 14 RBI and four stolen bases over 53 games. He was the ValleyCats Defensive Player of the Month for July.

Back to the game ? Still 2-2 through five innings.

To open the sixth, the Legends have turned to right-hander Ashton Mowdy. Bono went five innings, giving up two runs, eight hits and a walk, while striking out three.

Through five innings: Charleston 2 runs, 8 hits, 1 error; Lexington 2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors.

Were through six innings now, and the Legends are hoping 6-foot-8, 240-pound right-hander Andrew Brackman is about at the end of his nights work. Still tied, 2-2.

Newstex ID: 34834713

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