Drive Hold Off Grasshoppers with 6-4 Victory
Greensboro, NC - For the second straight night, the Drive took a lead in the later innings, only to see it evaporate. The only difference Friday night was that it was Greenville (66-64, 26-34) who scored in the eighth and ninth innings for a 6-4 victory over the Greensboro Grasshoppers (63-68, 25-36) in the series finale.
Backed by Jose Capellan's solid pitching performance, the Drive led 4-2 heading into the bottom of the seventh. With two outs in the inning, Matt Dominguez delivered a two-run double with the bases loaded off Javier Garcia. The Grasshoppers could have taken the lead, but Emilio Onteveros was thrown out at home by Jered Stanley.
Oscar Tejeda, who finished 3-for-4, recorded his third hit of the game to leadoff the eighth and stole second before scoring on Michael Almanzar's RBI-double. Greenville added another run in the ninth as Stanley doubled home Carlos Fernandez.
The Grasshoppers had a chance for another dramatic finish in the ninth, as they loaded the bases with only one out. But Ryne Miller induced Mike Stanton into a line out and Dominguez to pop out to secure the win and earn his fourth save.
The Drive mounted their first lead by scoring a pair of runs in the third and sixth innings. Stanley and Tejeda each recorded an RBI-single in the third and David Marks belted a two-run homer, his eighth of the year, three innings later.
Capellan was in line for his fourth win of the season when he left after 6.0 innings, limiting Greensboro to a pair of runs, one of which was earned. The southpaw scattered six hits and struckout four, while issuing no walks.
The Drive return home to Fluor Field tomorrow for a three-game set with the Augusta GreenJackets, the final home stand of the 2008 season. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM as Greenville will send right-hander Terumasa Matsuo to the mound while Augusta counters with lefty Scott Barnes.
During Saturday's game the Drive will host their 2nd Annual Reedy Awards, highlighting events from the course of the 2008 season. For more information regarding single-game tickets, ticket plans, group outings and luxury accommodations, visit www.GreenvilleDrive.com or call (864) 240-4500.
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