Greenville, SC - The Charleston RiverDogs defeated the Greenville Drive on Friday night at Fluor Field, and they used a similar script from Thursday's win to do it, jumping ahead early and holding on for a 6-1 victory.
After a pair of solid innings from Jay Groome (1-4), the RiverDogs (23-10, 57-46) tagged the southpaw for four runs in the third, all with two outs. Esteval Florial poked a two-run single to shallow left to put Charleston on the board, and Donny Sands followed with a two-run double to right-center.
The lead went to 5-0 in the fifth when Brandon Wagner drove a pitch over the wall in right-center for a solo homer.
The final five innings saw a pair of Drive (15-18, 56-46) players shine in defeat. Bobby Dalbec hit a laser into the Drive bullpen in right field in the fifth to put the home team on the board. The solo homer was his sixth of the year, and it was measured at 111 miles per hour off the bat.
Robby Sexton relieved Groome in the sixth, and he allowed just one run over four innings while striking out four and not issuing a walk.
Nick Nelson (2-7) was the star of the game for the RiverDogs, as he allowed just two hits and one run over six innings with seven strikeouts. Garrett Mundell struck out five over three scoreless relief innings to earn his 11th save.
Charleston's final run came in the top of the sixth after back-to-back doubles by Isiah Gilliam and Vince Conde.
Gilliam and Sands each collected two hits for the RiverDogs.
The Battle of the Palmetto State presented by Spinx continues on Saturday night with a 7:05 first pitch at Fluor Field. Left-hander Jhonathan Diaz (4-4, 5.19) takes the ball for the Drive, and the RiverDogs will start right-hander Rony Garcia (0-1, 1.99).
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