LEXINGTON COUNTY LOSES 6-4 TO MACON IN 2019 DEBUT OF PANCAKES
A different look and a fast start was not enough to stop Lexington County's struggles against visiting Coastal Plain League teams from the Peach State.
Adopting the Pancakes' jerseys, Lexington County could not hold an early lead and were defeated 6-4 Tuesday by the Macon Bacon.
It was the 7th loss in 11 games at Lexington County Baseball Stadium to the 2nd year CPL team. Add an active 8-game losing streak at home to the Savannah Bananas and Lexington County dropped to 4-15 against Georgia-based teams dating back to last season.
More importantly, the Blowfish fell to 2-5 overall and 4 1/2 games behind Savannah in the South Division in 3rd place.
Michael Green put the Pancakes on the board in the bottom 1st with a solo home run. It was the Clemson University outfielder's first appearance for Lexington County and he finished the evening reaching base in all 5 appearances, going 3-3 with 2 walk.
After Tiger teammate Bob Majkowski hit a ground-rule double, Houston Wright followed with a 2-run homer over the right-centerfield wall. Luis Acevedo added an RBI single and the Pancakes owned a 4-0 lead.
Despite outhitting the Bacon 10-7, Lexington County's offense was shut out the rest of the way. This allowed the Bacon to close the gap, starting with a 3-run rally in the top 3rd off starter Daniel Rutherford.
After Jared Miller drew a walk with 2 outs in the top 5th, Calvin Estrada belted a 2-run homer to put Macon ahead 5-4.
The Bacon (5-4) added a run in the Top 8th after reliever Will Abbot loaded the bases. Lexington County rallied in the bottom 9th as Acevedo and Green drew walks, but Majkowski struck out to end the game.
Lexington County will head to Savannah Wednesday looking to snap its 2-game skid.