Greenville, SC - The Rome Braves swept the Greenville Drive in Friday's doubleheader in front of 5,295 fans at Fluor Field. They defeated the Drive 7-6 in the opener before coming away with a 6-3 win in the nightcap.
In both contests, the Braves (19-21, 58-51) used a four-run inning late in the game to take the lead. In game one, a pair of sixth-inning homers by Brendan Venter and Marcos Almonte powered the big inning off Lukas Young (0-4).
Rome took a 3-0 lead in the opener after the first of Venter's two homers of the day, an RBI single by Greyson Jenista and a sacrifice fly by Venter.
The Drive (22-20, 47-64) plated a run in the fourth when Pedro Castellanos singled and later scored on a double play. In the fifth, Jarren Duran walked and moved to third on a single by Ryan Fitzgerald. Duran and Fitzgerald then pulled off a double steal of home and second to cut the lead to 3-2, and Fitzgerald was able to escape a rundown on a fielder's choice by Marino Campana to score the tying run.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Drive answered Rome's four-run frame with three runs of their own to get back within one. Zach Sterry walked, moved to third on Kervin Suarez's single and came home on a Rome error. Suarez scored when Duran smacked a double off the Green Monster, and Campana singled home Duran two batters later.
In his Drive debut, Duran went 2-3 with two runs and two stolen bases.
Daysbel Hernandez (1-0) got the win for Rome, and Troy Bacon picked up his first save.
The nightcap was marred by a 90-minute rain delay in the second inning of a 1-1 game. Fitzgerald walked, moved to second on Campana's single and scored on a Braves error in left field to put the Drive ahead, and a bases-loaded walk right before the rain delay knotted things up at one.
Isaias Lucena put the Drive ahead 2-1 in the fourth inning with a single to plate Jordan Wren, but that lead was erased in the fifth when Drew Lugbauer belted a grand slam off Devon Fisher (3-7).
Greenville's final run of the night came on Tanner Nishioka's RBI single in the fifth. Rome countered with an RBI hit from Justin Dean in the sixth.
Saturday's contest at Fluor Field begins at 7:05 PM. Right-hander Hildemaro Requena (4-3, 5.04) takes the mound for the Drive against Braves right-hander Jasseel De La Cruz (3-4, 5.16).
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