Drive Shut out Legends on Saturday Night

Mata works five scoreless frames to get the win

(Gwinn Davis)

By Greenville Drive | July 8, 2017 10:20 PM

Lexington, KY - The Greenville Drive dominated Saturday's game against the Lexington Legends from start to finish, with dominant pitching and a strong offensive night leading to a 6-0 victory.

Three Drive (5-11, 46-39) pitchers combined to shut out a solid Legends (10-6, 44-41) offense. Bryan Mata (2-1) continued his excellent work on Saturday, setting the tone with five scoreless innings and five strikeouts. He allowed just one hit and one walk on the night. Hunter Smith and Pat Goetze followed Mata with two scoreless innings apiece to preserve the shutout.

The Drive took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back. Lorenzo Cedrola led off the game with a single off Travis Eckert (3-6) and promptly stole second. After moving to third on a groundout, he came in when Tyler Hill lined an opposite-field single to right.

The lead was extended to 2-0 when Mitchell Gunsolus reached on an error and came home on a single by Granger Studdard.

Roldani Baldwin got in on the action in the fifth with a two-run single off Arnaldo Hernandez to make the score 4-0.

Single runs in the sixth and seventh tacked on even more offense. Studdard belted a solo homer to right in the sixth, and Baldwin drove in his third run of the night with a single in the seventh.

Cedrola went 3-5 atop the Greenville lineup, and he was joined with multi-hit games by Baldwin, Hill, Studdard and Ryan Scott. Meibrys Viloria collected two of Lexington's three hits on Saturday.

Game three of the four-game series begins at 2:05 on Sunday afternoon in Lexington. The Drive will start left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez (2-1, 3.70), while right-hander Ofriedy Gomez (4-7, 4.46) takes the ball for the Legends.

~Greenville Drive~

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