The Charleston RiverDogs scored two runs from Tyler Wade while major league veteran Stephen Drew drove in two runs in an 11-3 Greenville Drive victory on Monday in front of 3,951 fans at Riley Park in South Atlantic League action.
The Drive (25-23) moved past the RiverDogs (25-24) for third place in the Southern Division after winning the opener of a four-game set.
The RiverDogs grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Charleston loaded the bases with a single from Wade, a ground-rule double by Michael O'Neill, and an Aaron Judge walk. Mike Ford hit into a double play that allowed Wade to score.
Greenville quickly answered in the second inning, surging ahead 2-1. The bases were full for Jordan Weems, who collected a one-out single to bring in Jantzen Witte for the tying run. Zach Kapstein lined out on a sacrifice fly, scoring Wendell Rijo to put Greenville in front.
A five-run rally in the fourth cushioned the Drive's lead. Four straight singles opened the inning, including run-scoring hits by Weems and Kapstein. Weems scored during a Forrestt Allday groundout that pushed Greenville's advantage to 5-1. With one out, Drew bounced a double down the right field line, scoring Kapstein and Tzu-Wei Lin for a 7-1 Greenville lead.
Wade scored again in the fifth inning to trim the deficit to 7-2. Wade opened the inning with a triple and stayed at third after a walk to O'Neill. Charleston scored when Greenville turned a double play against Judge and Wade trotted home.
The Drive cemented their lead with four runs during the eighth inning to push Greenville's lead to 11-2.
Charleston walked the bases loaded to open the ninth and start a late comeback attempt. O'Neill hit a sacrifice fly that scored Brandon Thomas and brought the RiverDogs within 11-3. However, a strikeout and a groundout ended the contest.
Wade led Charleston with two hits, including a triple, and two runs scored.
The RiverDogs wore their red jerseys, usually reserved for ISHPI Red Shirt Fridays, to honor veterans on Memorial Day. Stewart Spinx delivered a ceremonial first pitch before Monday's game, which continued the Battle of the Palmetto State Rivalry Series, presented by Spinx. "Dogs with a Cause" featured Habitat for Humanity of Dorchester County.
The RiverDogs and Drive will play a doubleheader Tuesday, starting at 6:05 p.m. Charleston will start LHP Caleb Smith (3-3, 1.28 ERA) and RHP Jaron Long (2-1, 2.13 ERA) against Greenville LHP Daniel McGrath (1-1, 4.50 ERA) and RHP Myles Smith (2-1, 6.68 ERA).
Gates open at 5pm for Re-Opening Night, featuring a pregame parade with player arrivals on horse-drawn carriages. Harris Teeter 2-for-$20 Date Night Tuesday includes a deal for two tickets to the twin bill, two tacos, two fountain drinks and a nacho tray for just $20 for couples that show their VIC Card at the box office. Tickets may be purchased at the Riley Park Box Office, (843) 577-DOGS (3647) or on-line at www.riverdogs.com.
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