Drive comes from behind to take series finale
CHARLESTON, S.C. (DOGS) - Manuel Margot crushedtwo homers and finished 3-4 at the plate to pace the Greenville Drive to a 6-3comeback win over the Charleston RiverDogs on Tuesday at Joseph P. Riley, Jr.Park in front of 5,842 fans on Education Day in South Atlantic League action.The two teams split the rain shortened two game series.
With theloss, the RiverDogs fall to .500 and sit at 3-3 on the young season. Greenvillegets back to .500 with an identical 3-3 record with the victory.
Charlestonscored in each of the first three innings to take an early 3-0 advantage. MikeFord's first-inning groundout to second base scored Abiatal Avelino to put theRiverDogs on the scoreboard. A similar groundout from Eduardo De Oleo broughtin Michael O'Neill in the second inning. In the third, Ford launched his secondhome run in as many days into the batter's eye in center field to increase thelead to three.
Margotand the Drive answered in the fourth and fifth innings to tie the contest.Margot crushed a two-run home run in the fourth that put the Drive within arun. Greenville drew even in the fifth when Jake Romanski hit a game-tyingsingle, scoring Carlos Asujae from second base.
Then, inthe seventh inning, Tzu-Wei Lin's second single of the day scored Wendell Rijoto give Greenville a 4-3 advantage, their first of the game.
Amonster two-run home run to left field in the eighth, Margot's second of thegame, pushed the Drive lead to 6-3. They did not look back en route to the win.
RookieDavis started for Charleston, his first home start of the year. He lasted fiveinnings and gave up seven hits and three runs to go along with two strikeoutand no walks. Righty Andrew Benak was the first guy out of the bullpen for theRiverDogs, and he got tagged with the loss. In three innings, the former RiceOwl surrendered three runs on six hits and fanned two. His record falls to 0-1.Philip Walby threw one perfect inning in the ninth.
Greenville'sstarter Cody Kukuk labored through three frames. He gave up three runs, one ineach inning he pitched, on four hits and two walks. Kukuk also struck out five.
Thewinning pitcher was the first reliever for the Drive, righty Jacob Dahlstrand.He did not allow a run, did not walk anybody, struck out three and allowed justfour base hits. Lefty Mike Adams earned the save by tossing two innings andsurrendering no runs, two hits, and collecting two strikeouts.
BALLPARKFUN: Thousands of youths from the area packed the stadium and made it a loud,friendly environment for the home team on the first of two Education Days thisseason at Riley Park. The College of Charleston School of Sciences andMathematics teamed up with the RiverDogs to teach Lowcountry students aboutSTEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields while everyone enjoyeda beautiful, sunny day at the ballpark.
COMINGUP: Charleston begins a four-game series at The Joe against the AugustaGreenJackets on Thursday night at 7:05pm. RiverDogs RHP Luis Severino (0-1,13.50 ERA) is scheduled to start against Augusta LHP Luis Ysla (0-0, 6.00 ERA).Celebrate happy hour in the Ashley View Pub on the first Budweiser ThirstyThursday, presented by 95SX, with DJ Natty Heavy and $1 drafts. Ticketsmay be purchased at the Riley Park Box Office, (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or on-lineat www.riverdogs.com.If fans cannot make it to the ballpark, they are encouraged to tune in to allthe action this year both home and away on www.riverdogs.comand 1250 WTMA, the new radio home for RiverDogs baseball.