Get Out the Brooms! Drive Complete Sweep of Catfish
Columbus, GA - Hits came in bunches Sunday afternoon. Led by Luis Exposito and Kristopher Negron's four hit efforts, the Drive (31-26) pounded out 17 hits, completing the four-game sweep of the Columbus Catfish (20-36) with a 7-6 win.
Greenville began the scoring in the top of the 1st when Jered Stanley's single to right field scored Ryan Kalish after the inning was extended by an Omar Luna error. Columbus would answer back when Greg Sexton's single to center field scored Shawn O'Malley, who had reached on a single.
The Drive would score three more in the 3rd inning, when Oscar Tejeda's single to left field scored Stanley, Ty Weeden's single to center field scored Exposito and Negron's double scored Tejeda. Greenville added another in the 4th inning when Exposito drove in Michael Jones with a single to center field. Exposito plated his second run of the ball game with an RBI-double in the sixth.
Being down 6-1, the Catfish did not give up and would score in the next 4 frames. In the bottom of the 6th, Sexton drove in Jackson Brennan, who had doubled to lead-off the inning, with a single to center field. In the bottom of the 7th, Mike McCormick connected on his 3rd home run of the year to make it 6-3. The Catfish would make it a 6-5 game in the 8th, when Reid Fronk doubled home Brennan and Fronk moved to 3rd on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball.
In the 9th, Greenville picked up what turned out to be a huge insurance run when Negron's single to center scored Tejeda. Columbus would get one more when James Mayer's groundout to second base scored Henry Wrigley, who had tripled to lead-off the inning.
Starter Jose Alvarez (3-7) picked up the win after allowing a pair of Columbus runs on six hits with five strikeouts in the 5.2 innings. At one point, southpaw retired 11 straight batters from the second through the fifth innings.
The Drive, who are a South Atlantic League best 21-6 on the road, now travel to Augusta for a two-game series with the GreenJackets beginning Monday with first pitch set for 7:05 PM. Lefty Felix Doubront will toe the rubber for Greenville as Augusta counters with right-hander Daryl Maday.
After the series in Augusta, the Drive return home to Fluor Field on Wednesday, June 4th for a brief two-game series with the GreenJackets that will have a "School's Out for Summer" theme. Single-game tickets, group outings, and luxury accommodations can be purchased by calling (864) 240-4500 or visit www.GreenvilleDrive.com for more information.
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