June 6, 2009 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Greenville Drive
Lexington, KY - The Drive (30-24) offense provided plenty of firepower for pitcher Nick Hagadone, who was making his first start in over a year after recovering from Tommy John Surgery. Backed by Anthony Rizzo\'s two-hit, five RBI performance, the Drive cruised to a 9-1 victory over the Lexington Legends (29-26) in the second game of the series at Applebee\'s Park.
Although he lasted just 1-2/3 innings and did not factor into the decision, it was a huge step forward for Hagadone who made only three starts in 2008. The left-hander allowed a hit and walk, while fanning two in his scoreless inning, before giving way to Caleb Clay (2-2).
The Drive disposed of Legends\' starting pitcher Brad Dydalewicz (3-1) after just 2-1/3 innings, plating six runs off the right-hander. Following a David Mailman single to leadoff the game, Rizzo belted a third-pitch offering for his seventh homer of the season. Kade Keowen added an RBI-single to spot Greenville a three-run lead after an inning of play.
The runs and hits kept coming in the second inning as Rizzo delivered a two-out, two-run double to score Zach Gentile and Mailman. In the third, the Drive took a 7-0 lead as Ryan Dent laced an RBI-double and later scored on a wild pitch.
Greenville closed out their scoring in the top of the sixth when an error on a grounder by Rizzo allowed two runs to score.
Following Hagadone, Clay limited the Legends to three hits and a walk with a strikeout over 4-1/3 scoreless innings. Leonardo Marin pitched in with two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk.
It wasn\'t until Mitch Herold entered in the bottom of the ninth that the Legends were able to score, denying the Drive of their seventh shutout of the season. Brandon Barnes tallied a one-out triple, and scored as Kyle Miller followed with a single.
The Drive and Legends will play the rubber match of their three-game series Sunday with first pitch set for 2:05 PM. Right-hander Stolmy Pimentel (3-3, 2.09 ERA) takes the ball and heads to the mound for Greenville as Lexington counters with right-hander Ross Seaton (6-4, 2.44 ERA)
The Drive return home to Fluor Field on Thursday, June 11th when they host the Asheville Tourists for two games, followed by a three-game set with the Hot Rods. For more information on single-game tickets, ticket plans, group outings, luxury accommodations, visit www.GreenvilleDrive.com or call (864) 240-4500.