Drive roll past RiverDogs

Eight of the nine Greenville Drive starters had at least one hit and scored at least one run for the last-place Drive during a 12-2 win over the Charleston RiverDogs in South Atlantic League play Friday night at Riley Park in front of 4,981 fans.

With the loss, the RiverDogs drop to 27-18, but remain in first place in the Southern Division.

With the win Greenville moves to 14-33 on the season and remains in last place in the Southern Division.

Justin Haley (1-6) picked up his first victory for the Drive. Haley pitched five innings, allowed one run on five hits, and recorded eight strikeouts.

Mookie Betts led off the game by hitting his eighth home run of the season.

Greenville extended its lead to 6-1 in the top of the fourth inning. With runners on first and second, Bryan Johns hit a triple into the left field corner that scored Kevin Mager and Jayson Hernandez. Johns then scored the fifth Drive run on a Vinicio single to right-field. Vinicio then advanced to third on a RiverDogs error and scored on a wild pitch.

After extending his hitting streak to a team-best 10 games with a single in the fourth inning, Dante Bichette Jr. made the score 7-2 with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth.

Greenville added five insurance runs in the last two innings.

The third game of this four-game series against the Greenville Drive is today at 6:05 p.m. Charleston will start Cesar Vargas (1-2, 3.79 ERA) today. He will face off against LHP Brian Johnson (1-3, 4.34 ERA) for the Drive.

Today is the annual Run Forest Run 5K starting at 4 p.m. There will also be a wide selection of craft beers on tap.