Lexington, KY - The Greenville Drive were done in by one swing of the bat in Monday's series opener against the Lexington Legends, as Chris DeVito's fifth inning grand slam put Lexington ahead for good in a 5-3 victory.
With two outs in the fifth and a runner on first, the Legends (4-8) took advantage of Darwinzon Hernandez (1-1) struggling to find the plate, as he walked a batter and hit another to load the bases. DeVito followed by smacking his first homer of the year to bring everyone home and end Hernandez's night.
The Legends took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Amalani Fukofuka cracked a solo homer to left.
The Drive (7-5) put runners on second and third to begin the fifth, and they took a 2-1 lead in the frame on an RBI groundout by Santiago Espinal and an RBI single by Tyler Hill.
Following Lexington's big inning, Isaias Lucena smacked a solo homer to right field to get the Drive back to within two runs, but Garrett Davila (1-0) worked through the rest of the sixth unscathed to earn the win.
Both teams received strong bullpen work on Monday night, as Daniel Gonzalez held the Legends scoreless over three and one-third innings, and Lexington's Jace Vines did the same over three innings to the Drive to earn his first save.
Hill and Lucena collected two hits apiece for Greenville. Fukofuka led the Legends with three hits on the night.
Game two of the three-game series begins at 7:05 on Tuesday night in Lexington. The Drive will send right-hander Mike Shawaryn (0-1, 11.57) to the mound, and the Legends will counter with right-hander Gerson Garabito (1-0, 3.27).
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