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Power Complete Sweep of Drive with 8-3 Win

August 18, 2008 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Greenville Drive News Release

Greenville, SC - For the second straight night, the Drive received a solid effort from their starting pitcher. But like Jose Capellan, Monday night's starter Terumasa Matsuo (5-5) received little offensive help as the West Virginia Power (71-55, 39-18) completed a four-game sweep of the Drive (64-62, 24-32) with an 8-3 victory.

Trailing 8-0 in the eighth, the Drive got a lift from catcher Will Vazquez. Manny Arambarris tripled to lead off the frame before Vazquez hammered his first home run of the season with a shot off the third floor of the New York Life building in left field.

Oscar Tejeda tripled in the ninth, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Michael Almanzar for the Drive's final run.

West Virginia scored in the first when Eric Farris scored from second on a single. The Power added another run in the fourth when Zealous Wheeler doubled home Steffan Wilson.

With two outs in the fifth, the Power plated four runs after Wilson reached on an error which scored Logan Schafer. Caleb Gindl singled to plate Eric Fryer, Wilson scored on a wild pitch, and then Gindl came home on a hit by Wheeler.

The Drive totaled nine hits in the loss, five of which went for extra bases. Outfielder David Mailman led the way, finishing 4-for-4 to extend his season-high hit streak to 12 games.

Eammon Portice, who was activated from the disabled list after missing 60 games with a strained oblique, tossed 1.2 innings in relief for Greenville. Still working out the kinks, the right-hander allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while fanning one.

Javier Garcia tossed the final 2.2 innings, limiting the Power to a hit and a walk with four strikeouts.

The Drive now travel to Greensboro, NC for a four-game series with the Grasshoppers (affiliate of the Florida Marlins). Chad Povich will toe the rubber for Greenville as Greensboro counters with Alex Sanabia.

The Drive return home to Fluor Field on August 23rd for a three-game set with the Augusta GreenJackets, the final home stand 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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