Mondesi hits for cycle in Legends 7-4 victory

Raul Mondesi of the Lexington Legends hit for the cycle in the Legends 7-4 win over Kannapolis Monday night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Mondesi tripled in the first inning, homered in the third, got an infield single in the fifth and doubled down the left field line in the sixth. He was batting second in the Legends’ lineup as the designated hitter.

Mondesi, 17, has hit three home runs in his last two games.

Mondesi becomes the second Legend to hit for the cycle, joining Jordan Parraz, who did it July 26, 2007 in a 14-inning game against Lakewood in Lexington.

After his first-inning triple, Mondesi scored the game’s first run on a double by Fred Ford. The Legends added a run in the second inning on a double by Humberto Arteaga, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Mark Donato.

The Intimidators tied the score at 2-2 in the third when they scored two runs without a hit, as the Legends committed three errors and a balk.

Mondesi’s solo homer in the bottom of the third gave the Legends the lead again at 3-2.

In the bottom of the fourth, a walk to Kenny Diekroeger, a single by Arteaga and a sacrifice fly by Jin-Ho Shin gave the Legends a 4-2 lead, but the Intimidators tied the score again in the fifth on a double by Jake Brown and a two-run homer by Micah Johnson.

The Legends moved in front again with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Terrance Gore singled, stole second, moved to third on Mondesi’s infield single, and scored on Ford’s ground out.

Lexington added its last two runs in the sixth. Shin walked, and Donato reached first on an error by Brown, the shortstop. After Gore lined out to second, Mondesi doubled down the left field line, scoring Shin and Donato.

Christian Binford (4-2) worked the first seven innings and got the win. He struck out six batters and walked none. Daniel Hernandez pitched the eighth and ninth and earned his third save.
Brandon Brennan (1-8) was the starting and losing pitcher for Kannapolis.

The two teams meet again Tuesday night. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

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