By Steve LeMaster
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Greenville Drive rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and took a 5-4 win over the Lexington Legends Tuesday. The win ended Lexington’s winning streak at eight games. The Legends lead the South Atlantic League Southern Division by two games over Charleston, which playing at Hickory Tuesday night.
Each team scored two runs in the first inning.Lexington’s Terrance Gore led off with a single and stole second base. Gore had two steals in the game and has 56 for the season, second in the South Atlantic League. Micah Johnson of Kannapolis stole 61 before being promoted.Following Gore’s steal, Raul Mondesi singled, scoring Gore. Mark Threlkeld’s single moved Mondesi to second, and after Mark Donato lined out to left field, Cam Gallagher doubled off the left field wall, scoring Mondesi.
The Drive evened the score in the bottom of the first on a double by Dreily Guerrero, a walk to David Chester and a two-run double by Mario Martinez.
Lexington took a 4-2 lead in the fifth inning. Alex Hudak led off with a single. He moved to second on a balk and to third on a wild pitch. With one out, Raul Mondesi drew a walk, and when he stole second, catcher Jayson Hernandez’ throw went into center field, allowing Hudak to score as Mondesi moved to third. Threlkeld’s sacrifice fly brought Mondesi home to give the Legends a two-run advantage.
Greenville cut the lead to one in the sixth. Martinez led off with a single to left and advanced to second on a throwing error by Hudak, the left fielder. Aneury Tavarez struck out, but Kevin Heller walked, and Hernandez singled, scoring Martinez.
The score remained 4-3 until the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Guerrero and Chester singled, andJose Vinicio ran for Chester at first. Martinez’ single scored Guerrero with the tying run, and Tavarez followed with a single to right center field that scored Vinicio with the winning run.
J.B. Wendelken (2-0), who pitched the last two innings, got the win. Lexington’s Mark Peterson (0-2), who also entered the game in the eighth inning, took the loss. It was the first blown save of the season for Peterson, who had been a perfect 13-for-13 in save opportunities.
The Legends were opening a series at home Thursday night against West Virginia. The Legends and Power will complete a game that had been suspended due to rain in Charleston, West Virginia July 6. The regularly scheduled game was to follow as a seven-inning matchup with the Legends as the home team.
Power sweep Intimidators: The West Virginia Power swept the Kannapolis Intimidators in Tuesday’s doubleheader 1-0 in game one and 5-1 in game two. With the wins, the Power concluded the season series with the Intimidators and beat Kannapolis in all ten games played.
In game one, the Power scored their only run of the game in the fifth inning. Walker Gourley led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a walk, then to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Jonathan Schwind fielder’s choice.
Tyler Glasnow (7-2) earned the win after tossing six innings of one-hit, shutout baseball. Glasnow didn’t allow a runner to reach base until there was one out in the fourth inning. Jefferson Olacio (4-10) took the loss. Jhondaniel Medina picked up his third save of the year.
West Virginia put five runs on the board in the second inning of game two. Kawika Emsley-Pai drew a bases loaded walk. Schwind followed with the first grand slam of his professional career.
Luis Heredia (2-2) picked up his second win of the season after five innings, allowing one earned run on three hits. Euclides Leyer (3-13) took the loss.
West Virginia will return home Monday for a seven-game homestand. The Power will host the Delmarva Shorebirds for three games and then welcome in the Lakewood BlueClaws for four games.
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