Drive Complete Sweep of Fireflies on Friday

Offense comes alive in middle innings

(Mike Burton)

By Cameron White / Greenville Drive | July 6, 2018 10:49 PM

Columbia, SC - The Greenville Drive offense awakened in the middle innings of Friday's contest against the Columbia Fireflies, and that allowed the Drive to come away with a 7-3 victory and their second series sweep of the season.

Two runs in the top of the fourth inning gave the Drive (8-8, 33-52) the lead for good. Pedro Castellanos singled with one out and moved up when Garrett Benge drew a walk. Marino Campana followed by driving a two-run double to center off Zac Grotz (1-2) to plate both runners and put Greenville up 3-2.

An RBI double by Castellanos and a two-run single by Benge in the fifth extended the lead to 6-2.

Back-to-back doubles by Kervin Suarez and Everlouis Lozada brought home the Drive's final run of the evening.

Hildemaro Requena (3-1) got the win for the Drive with five innings of work. He scattered 10 hits and allowed three runs. He received outstanding support from the bullpen, as Durin O'Linger fired three scoreless frames of relief and Dominic LoBrutto pitched a scoreless ninth to end the game.

The Fireflies (7-8, 41-41) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Edgardo Fermin led off with a triple and came home on Blake Tiberi's RBI single.

The teams traded runs in the third. Isaias Lucena singled home Suarez in the top half, and Scott Manea brought in a run in the bottom half with a single of his own. Manea then doubled home a second run in the fifth.

Castellanos, Campana and Suarez all picked up two hits apiece for Greenville.

The Drive's road trip continues on Saturday as they begin a three-game series with the Asheville Tourists, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, at 6:05 PM. Left-hander Enmanuel De Jesus (2-1, 3.69) starts on the mound for the Drive in the opener, and he will be opposed by Tourists right-hander Garrett Schilling (3-3, 3.23).

~Greenville Drive~

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

View More