The Greenville Drive scored four runs in the fourth inning and held on to beat the RiverDogs, 5-3, on Wednesday night to claim the series victory over Charleston at Riley Park.
A crowd of 3,233 was on hand for the last home game before the South Atlantic League's All-Star break, as Charleston was looking to rebound from two straight losses at home and split a series with the Drive.
Just like Tuesday, Greenville had most of its runs in one inning. Wednesday, the Drive's big fourth was built on four hits and two errors. The RiverDogs had five errors on the night.
Following a Henry Ramos single, Xander Bogaerts scored Ramos and himself on what at first looked to be only a base hit in the fourth. Bogaerts hit a line drive to right, where Kelvin De Leon misplayed the ball, allowing Ramos to score. Then, a wild relay throw from Anderson Feliz to third bounced off the roof of the dugout and sent Bogaerts home.
Miles Head then connected on a two-run double to give the Drive a 5-2 lead before the RiverDogs manufactured the final run of the game in the fifth.
Charleston's Rob Segedin homered to left field in the second inning. The homer extended his hitting streak against Greenville to 15 games. Segedin has hit safely in every game against Greenville this season.
Aside from Charleston's two-run second, Greenville starting pitcher Kyle Stroup kept the RiverDogs' offense in check.
However, Stroup had to leave the game in the fifth inning, doubling over after throwing a pitch to Jose Mojica. Stroup was immediately taken out of the game. Because of the injury, reliever Chris Martin was forced to enter the game with only a few minutes to warm up.
Mojica doubled off the new pitcher, and eventually scored. But that was the last run Charleston could muster.
Charleston's Shane Greene worked six innings, giving up nine hits and four earned runs. Jose Toussen had three hits.
A popular ballpark promotion allows fans a chance to escape the heat for a short time. A fan becomes a "human bowling ball," and must knock over larger-than-life pins by sliding headfirst on a "Slip-N-Slide."
The RiverDogs open a road series at Hickory tonight. Left-hander Nik Turley (3-5, 2.86 ERA) goes for Charleston against Crawdads right-hander Luke Jackson (1-1, 3.54 ERA).
E—F. Sanchez. Mojica 2, Feliz, DeLeon, Segedin. DP—Gville 1. LOB—Gville 11, Charleston 7. 2B—Head, G. Sanchez, Mojica, Flores. HR—Segedin. SB—Jacobs 2, Toussen.