(WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK, Lexington, Ky.) The Greenville Drive broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the top of the seventh inning on their way to a 5-2 win and a sweep of a doubleheader over the Lexington Legends Friday night.
In the first game, the Drive scored all six of their runs in the third inning and held on for a 6-4 win.
The opening game was scoreless when Mike Miller led off the Greenville third with a bunt single, and Jordan Weems walked. Jose Vinicio bunted to third baseman Nic Cuckovich, whose throw past first enabled Miller to score as Weems went to third and Vinicio to second. Mookie Betts followed with a sacrifice fly to left field that was dropped by Terrance Gore for an error. Weems scored, Vinicio moved to third and Betts advanced to second. Cody Koback's single scored Vinicio and Betts, giving the Drive a 4-0 lead. Boss Moanaroa and Aneury Tavarez struck out, but David Chester hit a two-run homer, making the score 6-0 Greenville.
The Legends' Bubba Starling hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning, his first of the year, to cut the lead to 6-1.
The Legends rallied in bottom of the seventh. Cam Gallagher drew a walk, and after Michael Antonio struck out, Fred Ford doubled down the right field line, sending Gallagher to third. Gallagher scored on Cuckovich's grounder to first as Ford moved to third. Gore's infield hit scored Ford, cutting the Greenville to three. Gore took second on defensive indifference and then moved to third on an infield hit by Ethan Chapman. Raul Mondesi's hit brought Gore home to make the score 6-4, but Greenville reliever Madison Younginer struck out Humberto Arteaga to end the game.
Drive starter Pat Light (1-0) pitched the first five innings and picked up the win. Lexington starter Miguel Almonte (0-2) took the loss.
The Legends opened the scoring in the second game with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Arteaga singled with one out, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a two-out single by Antonio.
The Drive evened the score in the second on singles by Tavarez and Chester, a walk to Nick Moore and a single by Jayson Hernandez.
The Legends took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on a bunt single by Gore, a ground out by Chapman, and a steal of third by Gore, who scored when Hernandez' throw went into left field.
The lead lasted until the sixth inning of the seven-inning game. A walk to Moanaroa, a ground out, a wild pitch and a single by Koback produced the tying run.
In the top of the seventh, Miller drew a one-out walk, and Betts singled. Both scored on a triple by Drew Turocy. Turocy later came home with the final run on a wild pitch.
Former University of Kentucky star Braden Kapteyn (1-1) pitched the last two innings and got the win. He struck out four batters. Lexington reliever Alec Mills (1-1) was the losing pitcher.
The series continues Saturday night. Game time is 7:05 p.m.