By: Keith Elkins
The Lexington Legends extended their winning streak to four games with an 8-0 victory over the Lakewood BlueClaws Saturday. A three-run double by Humberto Arteaga (ar-tay-AH-ga) keyed a five-run outburst in the fourth inning for the Legends.
Legends starter Daniel Stumpf lowered his earned run average to 1.03 for the season with six scoreless innings. Daniel Hernandez pitched the final three innings and picked up his second save of the year.
The Legends took the lead with two runs in the top of the second inning. Michael Antonio and Fred Ford singled to start the inning. Antonio scored from second when a ground ball hit by Yowill Espinal got past third baseman Mitch Walding for an error, and Ford scored when left fielder Larry Greene committed a throwing error on the same play.
In the top of the fourth, three consecutive walks loaded the bases. Terrance Gore’s infield single brought home a run, and then Arteaga lined a ball into the gap in left center field, clearing the bases and giving the Legends a 6-0 lead. Arteaga came home on a single by Antonio.
The Legends scored their final run in the sixth inning when Arteaga tripled and scored on another throwing error by Greene.
Stumpf (3-0) allowed five hits, walked three batters and struck out eight. Hernandez gave up one hit, struck out four and walked none.
The Legends, who started their current road trip with a three-game sweep of Delmarva, will play the second of a four-game series against Lakewood Sunday afternoon. Game time is 1:05 p.m.
Box score at http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2013_05_04_lexafx_lwdafx_1&t=g_box&sid=t495