Greenville, SC - Offense was abundant in Sunday's series finale between the Greenville Drive and Delmarva Shorebirds at Fluor Field, as the Drive scored seven times in the bottom of the first and held off a late Shorebirds rally to come away with an 14-11 victory.
After the Shorebirds (1-3) scored in the top of the first, the Drive (3-1) roared back, sending 11 hitters to the plate in the bottom half. Four batters into the frame, the lead was 3-1 thanks to a Bobby Dalbec two-run double and a Tucker Tubbs RBI double.
A pair of strikeouts inched Shorebirds starter Travis Seabrooke (0-1) closer to the end of the inning, but four consecutive run-scoring hits by Nick Lovullo, Yoan Aybar, Lorenzo Cedrola and Carlos Tovar upped the lead to 7-1 and forced a pitching change.
Delmarva had two instances where they made a big comeback attempt, with the first of those coming in the form of a four-run third, which included a three-run double from Gerrion Grim.
The Drive answered that big inning in the bottom of the fourth, as Ryan Scott walloped a three-run home run over the wall in right field to extend the lead to 10-5.
A 14-6 lead for Greenville dropped quickly over the final two innings. Ryan McKenna delivered a solo homer in the eighth, and his two-run homer highlighted a four-run ninth, but the Drive were able to close things out on the next batter.
Tubbs led the Drive's 16-hit attack by going 4-5 and scoring four runs. Dalbec collected three hits with three runs, and Tovar also notched three hits. Roldani Baldwin chipped in with two hits and two RBI.
In addition to McKenna's big day for Delmarva, Alejandro Juvier collected four hits on the afternoon, and Grim went 2-4.
Hildemaro Requena allowed just one run in three innings of relief to get the win, his first of the year.
Opening Week presented by TD Bank continues on Monday night as the Drive welcome the Lexington Legends, an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, to Fluor Field at 7:05. Left-hander Jay Groome, the Red Sox first round pick (12th overall), will make his Drive debut on the mound, and the Legends will counter with left-hander Andre Davis.
The Drive and Fluor Field will be hosting the Enhancement Completion Celebration on Monday night to recognize Trehel Corporation and the individuals who had a hand in completing the enhancements to Fluor Field. Purchase tickets for Monday's game at the Main Street Box Office, at (864) 240-4528, or by CLICKING HERE.
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