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Drive end August with one-run loss to Legends, 3-2

August 31, 2009 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Greenville Drive News Release

Lexington, KY - For the 35th time this season, the Drive were involved in a game that was decided by just one run. And, has been the case more often than not, Greenville (68-63, 29-34) came out on the wrong side of a 3-2 final score Monday versus the Lexington Legends (63-70, 27-36).

Right-hander Jeremy Kehrt (1-2) endured the tough-luck loss, as he surrendered all three of the Legends runs during his season-high 6.2 outing. All seven of Lexington's hits were singles, while Kehrt did not issue a walk while fanning four.

The Legends broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth, plating a pair of runs as four consecutive batters reached base with two outs. Michael Diaz and Chris Jackson highlighted the inning as they both tallied an RBI-single.

Pete Hissey's RBI-groundout in the top of the fifth cut the Drive's deficit in half, but it would be the only run they would score in an inning in which they recorded three hits. Greenville stranded two runners, including Ty Weeden at third, when Brad Dydalewicz (8-5) struckout Casey Kelly to end the threat.

Lexington regained their two-run lead in the home half of the fifth, perfectly executing on two sacrifices. Jay Austin led off with a single, advanced to second on Eric Suttle's sacrifice bunt, moved to third on Brandon Wikoff's single, and scored when Brian Pellegrini lifted a sacrifice fly.

With a run in the top of the sixth, the Drive would once again close the gap to a run. Will Middlebrooks laced a one-out double, and eventually scored on Shannon Wilkerson's groundout. However, for the second straight inning Greenville would leave the potential tying run 90 feet from home.

The Drive would not threaten again, as reliever Kyle Godfrey allowed only one hit over the final 3.1 innings, en route to earning his third save. The right-hander struckout five and was aided by a double play to erase the lone hit.

Equally impressive on the mound in relief was Greenville's Leandro Marin. The Venezuelan native struckout three of the four batters he faced.

The Drive return to Fluor Field on Tuesday when they closeout the 2009 regular season with a seven game homestand, beginning with the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Right-hander Brock Huntzinger (8-9, 4.40 ERA) will toe the rubber for Greenville, as Bowling Green counters with lefty Frank De Los Santos (4-9, 3.87 ERA) in the opener.

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