GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Greenville Drive fell to the Delmarva Shorebirds, 8-5, in the resumed game from Thursday, before Friday's night cap was suspended in the bottom of the second inning.Since Delmarva and Greenville are not scheduled to meet again this season, Friday's game will not be made up. Fans
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Greenville Drive fell to the Delmarva Shorebirds, 8-5, in the resumed game from Thursday, before Friday's night cap was suspended in the bottom of the second inning.
Since Delmarva and Greenville are not scheduled to meet again this season, Friday's game will not be made up. Fans who purchased tickets for Friday's game at Fluor Field can exchange them at the Main Street Box Office for tickets to any remaining Drive home game in 2019, subject to availability.
The two teams picked up Thursday's game in the top of the fifth with Delmarva leading 4-0.
After a pair of scoreless frames, both offenses broke things open in the seventh. Delmarva extended its lead with four runs on four hits and a Drive error to make it 8-0.
Greenville attempted to chip in to the lead, scoring twice in the seventh and three more times in the eighth. The Drive loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, as Tyler Esplin singled, Tyler Dearden reached on a fielder's choice and Cole Brannen drew a walk. A wild pitch allowed Esplin to score and a bases loaded to Brandon Howlett brought in a second run to make it 8-2.
In the eighth, the Drive put runners at the corners with one out, as Jordan Wren singled and Alan Marrero followed two batters later with a walk. Dearden then tripled to in to the right field corner to score both, before scoring on an RBI groundout by Cole Brannen, cutting the lead to the eventual final of 8-5.
Delmarva reliever Nick Vespi (7-5) earned the win, working 2.0 scoreless innings and allowing just a lone hit with four strikeouts against no walks. Drive starter Alex Scherff (4-10) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on five hits in 4.0 innings pitched with five strikeouts against one walk.
Wren led the offense, finishing game one 2-for-5 with a run scored, while Dearden tripled, drove in two and scored twice. Howlett added three walks and recorded an RBI in the contest. Yoan Aybar finished the game, working the final two innings and retiring all six Delmarva hitters he faced with a pair of strikeouts.
The teams began Friday's regularly schedule game but the rain returned and forced a delay in the middle of the second, before it was ultimately suspended.
The Drive will open a four-game series with the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Saturday with first pitch set for 7:05 PM.