Drive Drop Series Opener at Hagerstown on Monday
HAGERSTOWN, W.Va. - The Greenville Drive (7-10) dropped its series opener to the Hagerstown Suns (9-9), 6-2, on Monday night at Municipal Stadium.
Hagerstown got a trio of runs in the opening frame, all with two outs, for an early lead. An RBI single to left by Jacob Rhinesmith brought home the first and KJ Harrison followed two batters with a two-RBI double to center to give the home team a 3-0 lead.
The Suns added to it with three more runs in the third. Gilbert Lara tripled to score two and came across two batters later on an RBI groundout to make it a 6-0.
Greenville broke through in the eighth, thanks in part to three Hagerstown errors. Korby Batesole and Alan Marrero each reached on an error, ahead of Grant Williams who singled to load the bases with no outs. Two batters later, Devlin Granberg singled to left to drive in Batesole, while a third error by the Suns allowed Marrero to score to push it to the eventual final score of 6-2.
Hagerstown starter Tim Cate (1-1) earned his first victory of the season, holding the Drive scoreless for 6.0 innings and scattering four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Drive starter Thaddeus Ward (0-1) suffered his first loss of the year, allowing six runs (three earned) on seven hits 5.0 innings pitched with four strikeouts against four walks.
Offensively, the Drive's six hits were dispersed among six different players. Jecorrah Arnold reached base twice out of the lead-off spot, going 1-for-3 with a walk.
The Drive bullpen recorded 3.0 scoreless innings on the night. Alex Demchak worked 2.0 innings, allowed just one hit and struck out three in his fifth appearance of the year. The lefty has now worked 7.0 innings for Greenville this season without allowing a run. Logan Browning turned in a scoreless eighth inning, retiring the side in order with one strikeout.
The series continues on Tuesday with another 6:05 first pitch. Lefty Angel Padron (0-0, 1.74 ERA) makes his first start of the year, going against righty Jake Irvin (0-1, 2.87 ERA) for Hagerstown.
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