Columbia, SC - The Greenville Drive put together a complete performance in Wednesday night's 7-1 victory against the Columbia Fireflies.
Pedro Castellanos and Jordan Wren were the standouts in a 12-hit night at the plate for the Drive (25-21, 50-65). Castellanos was a perfect 4-4 and belted his first home run of the season, while Wren homered in a 3-4 night.
On the mound, Eduard Bazardo (1-0) was outstanding in his Drive debut. The right-hander allowed just five hits and one run over seven innings of work with no walks and four strikeouts.
Wren staked the Drive to a 1-0 lead in the second inning off Zac Grotz (1-5) with an RBI triple to plate Tanner Nishioka, who reached on a fielder's choice.
Samuel Miranda began the third inning with a single and later came in on a single by Ryan Fitzgerald.
The score remained 2-0 until the sixth, when Wren belted a two-run homer to left-center, his second of the season.
Castellanos struck in the top of the eighth for his first homer of the season, a two-run shot to left field. Miranda added an RBI single in the frame for the final run of the game.
The Fireflies (18-26, 52-59) brought home their only run of the night in the seventh after a Drive error.
Bazardo was followed on the mound by Rio Gomez, who threw a pair of scoreless frames in his Drive debut to finish the game.
Miranda joined Castellanos and Wren with multi-hit games by going 2-4.
The rubber game of the series will begin at 7:05 on Thursday night in Columbia. Left-hander Angel Padron (3-5, 4.42) takes the mound for the Drive, and the Fireflies will counter with right-hander Marcel Renteria (3-1, 3.81).
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