Jim Goethals hit a walk off homerun in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday evening at Applebee’s Park as the Lexington Legends avoided the four game sweep with a 2-1 victory over the West Virginia Power, snapping their six game winning streak.
The Power offense, which had recorded multi-hit games in their last ten contests, were held to just a run on three hits. They scored their only run in the top of the first inning. Jimmy Mojica and Brent Brewer drew back to back walks and Mojica scored on Chuckie Caufield’s Sacrifice Fly.
The Legends tied the game in the sixth inning. Tim Torres began the inning with a double and moved to third in a fly ball to right field. With the infield drawn in and one out, Max Sapp singled up the middle to score Torres. In the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs, Jim Goethals, who was 0-for-12 on the season hit a walk off homerun to win it.
Kyle DeYoung (2-5) pitched three scoreless innings out of the bullpen to get the win, while Shawn Ferguson (0-1) was tagged with the loss. Ferguson had retired the first five batters he faced and struck out three in a row before allowing the homerun. Zach Braddock looked great in his first start since coming off the disabled list, tossing three scoreless innings of one hit ball and struck out seven.
The Power fell to 43-17 with the loss and the Legends improved to 28-35 with the win. Andrew Lefave was the only player with a multi-hit game, he accounted for two of West Virginia’s three hits.
The Power will begin a three game series against the Hickory Crawdads at L.P. Frans Stadium on Monday night. Lefty Brae Wright (4-3, 6.49) will make the start for the Power and Hickory will counter with right hander Mike Crotta (2-4, 5.08). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM.