Drive Game Story (9/12): Drive Win SAL Championship Opener in Extras

September 13, 2017 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Greenville Drive

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Drive Win SAL Championship Opener in Extras

Dalbec delivers go-ahead double in 13th

Kannapolis, NC - Extra innings are nothing new to the Greenville Drive in 2017, and their experience showed in game one of the South Atlantic League Championship Series on Tuesday, as they scored twice in the top of the 13th inning to notch an 8-7 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators.

The winning rally began when Roldani Baldwin led off the inning with a single, and he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jagger Rusconi. Bobby Dalbec then put the Drive ahead by smacking a double to the left field corner to bring in Baldwin. After a single by Mitchell Gunsolus put runners on the corners, Tyler Hill's grounder was misplayed by Andre Davis to bring home another run.

That second run proved to be huge, as the Intimidators made things interesting in the bottom half of the 13th when Mitch Roman delivered an RBI single to cut the Drive's lead to 8-7. Joan Martinez bounced back from that run by notching a strikeout to extinguish the rally and give the Drive a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

The Drive jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the game. Santiago Espinal led off the top of the first with a single, his first of five hits on the night, and he later came home on a wild pitch. After singles by Yoan Aybar and Espinal in the second, Brett Netzer doubled home both runners to extend the lead.

Kannapolis answered in the bottom of the second with three runs to tie the game. Jake Burger's RBI double put the Intimidators on the board, and they also received an RBI single from Mitch Roman and a sacrifice fly by Casey Schroeder in the inning.

The game became a seesaw affair as it progressed. The teams traded runs in the fourth, as Netzer delivered a run-scoring single in the top half that was countered by an RBI hit from Roman in the bottom half.

The Intimidators took the lead in the sixth on an RBI triple by Alex Call, who collected three hits and fell a home run shy of the cycle.

The lead went right back to the Drive in the top half of the eighth, as Yoan Aybar led off with a single and came all the way in on Espinal's double to center to tie the game. Dalbec then singled home Espinal later in the inning to put Greenville back ahead. Kannapolis quickly countered in the bottom half, however, as Burger's RBI double knotted the game up at six, where it stayed until extras.

Algenis Martinez delivered three scoreless innings of relief to get the win for Greenville.

Espinal's five-hit night paced the offense, and he became the second Drive player to record five hits in a game this season, joining Tucker Tubbs in accomplishing the feat. Netzer recorded three RBI on a pair of hits, while Aybar, Baldwin and Dalbec all collected two hits as well. Burger, Call and Roman all picked up three hits for Kannapolis.

Game two of the South Atlantic League Championship Series begins at 7:05 on Wednesday night in Kannapolis. The Drive look to extend the series lead with left-hander Jhonathan Diaz on the mound, and he will be opposed by Intimidators right-hander Luis Martinez.

September 12, 2017

Drive starting lineup:

Santiago Espinal (SS), Brett Netzer (2B), Roldani Baldwin (C), Ryan Scott (RF), Bobby Dalbec (3B), Pedro Castellanos (DH), Tyler Hill (LF), Tucker Tubbs (1B), Yoan Aybar (CF), Darwinzon Hernandez (P), Intimidators starting lineup:

Joel Booker (CF), Blake Rutherford (LF), Willy Garcia (DH), Gavin Sheets (1B), Jake Burger (3B), Alex Call (RF), Mitch Roman (SS), Casey Schroeder (C), Zach Remillard (2B), Yelmison Peralta (P), Umpires -- Mark Bass (HP), Emil Jimenez (1B), Matthew Brown (2B), Mark Stewart (3B), (LF), (RF). Gametime Weather: 72 degrees, Partly Cloudy.

Wind: 6 MPH, Out To LF. First pitch by Y. Peralta at 07:04 PM local time. Drive 1st (Drive 1, Intimidators 0) -- S. Espinal singles to shallow left field. B. Netzer hit by pitch, S.

Espinal to 2nd. R. Baldwin singles to right field, S. Espinal to 3rd; B. Netzer to 2nd. R. Scott struck out looking. With B. Dalbec batting, wild pitch by Y. Peralta, S. Espinal scores; B. Netzer to 3rd; R. Baldwin to 2nd. B. Dalbec strikes out swinging. P. Castellanos pops out to C. Schroeder in foul territory.

(1 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB) Intimidators 1st (Drive 1, Intimidators 0) -- J. Booker struck out looking. B. Rutherford struck out looking. W. Garcia strikes out swinging.

(0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB) Drive 2nd (Drive 3, Intimidators 0) -- T. Hill grounds out, Z. Remillard to G. Sheets. T. Tubbs doubles to left field, T. Tubbs out at 3rd, B. Rutherford to Z. Remillard to J. Burger. Y. Aybar singles to third base. S.

Espinal singles to left field, Y. Aybar to 2nd. With B. Netzer batting, wild pitch by Y. Peralta, Y. Aybar to 3rd; S. Espinal to 2nd. B. Netzer doubles to left-center field, Y. Aybar scores; S. Espinal scores. R. Baldwin strikes out swinging.

(2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB) Intimidators 2nd (Drive 3, Intimidators 3) -- G. Sheets walks. With J. Burger batting, wild pitch by D.

Hernandez, G. Sheets to 2nd. J. Burger doubles to right field, G. Sheets scores. A. Call singles to shortstop. With M. Roman batting, wild pitch by D. Hernandez, J. Burger to 3rd; A. Call to 2nd. M. Roman singles to left field, J. Burger scores; A. Call to 3rd; M. Roman out at 2nd, T. Hill to S. Espinal to B.

Netzer. C. Schroeder out on a sacrifice fly to Y. Aybar, A. Call scores. Z. Remillard strikes out swinging.

(3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB) Drive 3rd (Drive 3, Intimidators 3) -- Pitcher Change: J. Elliott replaces Y. Peralta. R. Scott walks. B. Dalbec strikes out swinging. P. Castellanos flies out to J. Booker. With T. Hill batting, R. Scott steals 2nd base. T.

Hill strikes out swinging.

(0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB) Intimidators 3rd (Drive 3, Intimidators 3) -- J. Booker grounds out, B. Dalbec to T. Tubbs. B. Rutherford grounds out, B. Netzer to T. Tubbs. W. Garcia struck out looking.

(0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB) Drive 4th (Drive 4, Intimidators 3) -- T. Tubbs walks. Y. Aybar out on a sacrifice bunt, J. Burger to G. Sheets, T. Tubbs to 2nd. S. Espinal strikes out swinging. B. Netzer singles through the hole at second base, T. Tubbs scores. R. Baldwin grounds out, Z. Remillard to G. Sheets.

(1 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB) Intimidators 4th (Drive 4, Intimidators 4) -- G. Sheets lines out to S. Espinal. J. Burger struck out looking. A.

Call doubles to left-center field. M. Roman singles to right field, A. Call scores. C. Schroeder walks, M.

Roman to 2nd. Pitcher Change: D. Gonzalez replaces D. Hernandez. Z. Remillard strikes out swinging.

(1 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB) Drive 5th (Drive 4, Intimidators 4) -- R. Scott strikes out swinging. B. Dalbec strikes out swinging. P.

Castellanos flies out to A. Call.

(0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB) Intimidators 5th (Drive 4, Intimidators 4) -- J. Booker strikes out swinging. B. Rutherford struck out looking. W. Garcia grounds out, B. Dalbec to T. Tubbs.

(0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB) Drive 6th (Drive 4, Intimidators 4) -- Pitcher Change: J. Olson replaces J. Elliott. T. Hill strikes out swinging. T. Tubbs strikes out swinging. Y. Aybar singles to right field. S. Espinal singles to third base, Y.

Aybar to 2nd. B. Netzer walks, Y. Aybar to 3rd; S. Espinal to 2nd. R. Baldwin flies out to B. Rutherford.

(0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 3 LOB) Intimidators 6th (Intimidators 5, Drive 4) -- G. Sheets grounds out, B. Dalbec to T. Tubbs. J. Burger singles to left field. A. Call triples to right field, J. Burger scores. M. Roman lines into double play, S. Espinal to B.

Dalbec, A. Call out at 3rd.

(1 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB) Drive 7th (Intimidators 5, Drive 4) -- R. Scott strikes out swinging. B. Dalbec struck out looking. P.

Castellanos singles to left field. T. Hill singles up the middle, P. Castellanos to 3rd. T. Tubbs flies out to A.

Call.

(0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB) Intimidators 7th (Intimidators 5, Drive 4) -- C. Schroeder grounds out, S. Espinal to T. Tubbs. Z. Remillard strikes out swinging, R. Baldwin to T. Tubbs. J. Booker flies out to R. Scott.

(0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB) Drive 8th (Drive 6, Intimidators 5) -- Pitcher Change: D. Dopico replaces J. Olson. Y. Aybar walks. S.

Espinal doubles to right-center field, Y. Aybar scores. B. Netzer walks. R. Baldwin strikes out swinging. Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter J. Downs replaces R. Scott. With J. Downs batting, wild pitch by D. Dopico, S. Espinal to 3rd; B. Netzer to 2nd. D. Dopico intentionally walks J. Downs. Offensive Substitution: Pinch runner J. Rusconi replaces J. Downs. B. Dalbec singles through the hole at shortstop, S.

Espinal scores; B. Netzer to 3rd; J. Rusconi to 2nd. Pitcher Change: B. Wright replaces D. Dopico. P.

Castellanos grounds into double play, J. Burger to Z. Remillard to G. Sheets, B. Dalbec out at 2nd.

(2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors, 2 LOB) Intimidators 8th (Drive 6, Intimidators 6) -- J. Rusconi remains in the game as the center fielder. Defensive switch from center field to right field for Y. Aybar. Pitcher Change: J. Florentino replaces D. Gonzalez. B.

Rutherford walks. W. Garcia out on a sacrifice bunt, R. Baldwin to T. Tubbs, B. Rutherford to 2nd. J.

Florentino intentionally walks G. Sheets. J. Burger doubles to left field, B. Rutherford scores; G. Sheets out at home on the throw, T. Hill to S. Espinal to R. Baldwin. A. Call grounds out, S. Espinal to T. Tubbs.

(1 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB) Drive 9th (Drive 6, Intimidators 6) -- T. Hill lines out to B. Rutherford. T. Tubbs struck out looking. Y. Aybar strikes out swinging.

(0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB) Intimidators 9th (Drive 6, Intimidators 6) -- M. Roman flies out to J. Rusconi. C. Schroeder singles to right field. Z. Remillard lines into double play, Y. Aybar to T. Tubbs, C. Schroeder out at 1st.

(0 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB) Drive 10th (Drive 6, Intimidators 6) -- S. Espinal singles to center field. B. Netzer strikes out swinging. R.

Baldwin pops out to G. Sheets in foul territory. J. Rusconi strikes out swinging.

(0 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB) Intimidators 10th (Drive 6, Intimidators 6) -- Pitcher Change: A. Martinez replaces J. Florentino. J. Booker strikes out swinging. B. Rutherford singles to right field. W. Garcia flies out to T. Hill. With G. Sheets batting, wild pitch by A. Martinez, B. Rutherford to 2nd. G. Sheets flies out to T. Hill.

(0 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB) Drive 11th (Drive 6, Intimidators 6) -- B. Dalbec pops out to M. Roman. P. Castellanos reaches on throwing error by B. Wright. Offensive Substitution: Pinch runner M. Gunsolus replaces P. Castellanos. T. Hill grounds into a force out, M. Roman to Z. Remillard, M. Gunsolus out at 2nd. T. Tubbs strikes out swinging.

(0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Errors, 1 LOB) Intimidators 11th (Drive 6, Intimidators 6) -- M. Gunsolus remains in the game as the designated hitter. J.

Burger flies out to Y. Aybar. A. Call reaches on fielding error by B. Dalbec. M. Roman reaches on force attempt, missed catch error by B. Netzer, assist to S. Espinal, A. Call to 2nd. C. Schroeder flies out to Y.

Aybar, A. Call to 3rd. With Z. Remillard batting, M. Roman advances to 2nd on defensive indifference. Z.

Remillard strikes out swinging.

(0 Runs, 0 Hits, 2 Errors, 2 LOB) Drive 12th (Drive 6, Intimidators 6) -- Pitcher Change: A. Davis replaces B. Wright. Y. Aybar strikes out swinging. S. Espinal lines out to B. Rutherford. B. Netzer flies out to B. Rutherford.

(0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB) Intimidators 12th (Drive 6, Intimidators 6) -- J. Booker grounds out, B. Dalbec to T. Tubbs. B. Rutherford struck out looking. W. Garcia lines out to J. Rusconi.

(0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors, 0 LOB) Drive 13th (Drive 8, Intimidators 6) -- R. Baldwin singles to left-center field. J. Rusconi out on a sacrifice bunt, A. Davis to G. Sheets, R. Baldwin to 2nd. B. Dalbec doubles to left-center field, R. Baldwin scores. M.

Gunsolus singles through the hole at second base, B. Dalbec to 3rd. T. Hill reaches on force attempt, fielding error by A. Davis, B. Dalbec scores; M. Gunsolus to 2nd. T. Tubbs strikes out swinging. Y. Aybar grounds out, A. Davis to G. Sheets.

(2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Errors, 2 LOB) Intimidators 13th (Drive 8, Intimidators 7) -- Pitcher Change: J. Martinez replaces A. Martinez. G. Sheets hit by pitch. Offensive Substitution: Pinch runner G. Massey replaces G. Sheets. J. Burger strikes out swinging. A. Call flies out to T. Hill. With M. Roman batting, wild pitch by J. Martinez, G. Massey to 2nd. M. Roman singles to right field, G. Massey scores. With C. Schroeder batting, wild pitch by J.

Martinez, M. Roman to 2nd. C. Schroeder struck out looking.

(1 Runs, 1 Hits, 0 Errors, 1 LOB) Final: Drive 8, Intimidators 7

WP: Algenis Martinez (1-0). LP: Andre Davis (0-1).

SV: Joan Martinez (1).

Time: 4:38.

Attendance: 411.

Official Scorer: Benjamin Jammer.

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