Asheville, NC - The Greenville Drive put together another stingy pitching performance on Friday night in Asheville, holding the home Tourists to just five hits in a 6-0 victory to even the series at one game apiece.
Logan Boyd (1-0) set the tone for the Drive (6-3), as he punched out seven Asheville (5-4) hitters over five and two-third scoreless innings. Hildemaro Requena followed with two and one-third shutout frames of his own, and Dakota Smith preserved the shutout in the ninth, getting a double play to end the game.
Tyler Hill was responsible for the Drive's first run of the night, as he drew a one-out walk in the first against Riley Pint (0-1), stole second and third, then came home on a wild pitch.
Pint, the 4th overall selection in last summer's draft, struggled to throw strikes on Friday, and he left the game in the fourth inning after issuing five walks.
That fourth inning saw the Drive score four times to pull away. Pint was pulled after back-to-back walks to begin the frame, and two batters later, Yoan Aybar dropped a two-run single to center field to make the score 3-0. Two batters later, Lorenzo Cedrola capped a nine-pitch at-bat with an RBI double, and Hill added an RBI single in the inning as well.
Roldani Baldwin lifted a sacrifice fly to center in the fifth to tack on the Drive's final run of the evening.
Santiago Espinal led the Greenville offense with a 3-5 night at the top of the lineup, and Aybar added two hits and two RBI.
Saturday's game in Asheville begins at 6:05 PM. Left-hander Robby Sexton (0-0, 3.18) will make his first start of the year for the Drive, and the Tourists will start right-hander Alejandro Requena (0-0, 1.23).
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