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Drive Win the first series of the season 9-2 Thumping of Asheville

Greenville Drive

May 5, 2024 – South Atlantic League (SAL)
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A day after being shut out 13-1, the Greenville Drive (11-16) returned the favor to the Asheville Tourists (11-15) with a 9-2 thumping at McCormick Field to earn their first series victory of the season achieved.

Luis Ravelo’s three-run explosion in the top of the fifth inning lifted the Drive from a 2-1 deficit and the Drive never looked back, scoring five more runs over the course of the sixth and seventh innings.

Karson Simas hit an RBI single in the seventh after Ronald Rosario singled, Eduardo Lopez walked and Caden Rose singled to make the Drive 5-2. Enderso Lira would follow that up with an RBI groundout before Rose would come home on a balk and a passed ball would allow Simas to score to make it 8-2.

Tyler Miller added the final run of the Drive on an RBI double to left field, scoring Allan Castro for the 9-2 lead in the seventh.

While Greenville limited the damage to just two runs, starter Juan Daniel Encarnacion allowed seven hits and two walks, but excellent defense behind him, especially from Simas and Miller, kept the Tourists from taking advantage of six consecutive innings of multiple baserunners. In total, the Tourists left 10 runners on base and went 2-for-11 at the plate with runners in scoring position.

Encarnacion would go 4.2 innings for the Drive and record eight strikeouts, marking the fourth straight start for Encarnacion with at least five strikeouts. Asheville’s two runs would come via an Austin Deming RBI single in the second and a Pascanel Ferreras go-ahead RBI single in the fourth.

Greenville’s early run came from Ronald Rosario, whose RBI double gave Castro a 1-0 lead.

Gabriel Jackson would take over in relief with two outs in the fifth, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out two across the nine batters he faced.

Reidis Sena would turn in his best performance of the season, throwing one-hit baseball in the eighth and ninth innings, picking up a strikeout along the way as the Drive stifled Asheville to take the series finale.

The Drive returns home to Fluor Field on May 7 for the start of a six-game series with the Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m

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