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Drive take advantage of Frias' control issues

July 15, 2009

The Greenville Drive operated like assassins on Wednesday.

The Drive worked silently, quietly scoring three runs in the second inning without benefit of a hit en route to a 4-1 victory over the Hagerstown Suns in a lunchtime matinee.

Hagerstown starter and South Atlantic League All-Star Marcos Frias experienced problems with his control and was lifted after three innings, allowing all four Greenville runs.

Frias (5-3) went through a nightmare in the second inning when he walked Kade Keowen and Mitch Dening and followed by hitting Oscar Tejeda and Jonathan Hee with pitches to produce the first run. Peter Hissey's grounder and a wild pitch gave the Drive a 3-0 lead.

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Greenville capped its scoring in the third on two-out singles by Keowen, Dening and Tejeda.

Frias was lifted after the third and Richardo Pecina, Austin Garrett, Chris Lugo and Drew Storen held the Drive to two hits the rest of the way.

The Suns got their only run in the seventh as James Keithley led off with a double off Greenville reliever Jeremy Kehrt (1-0) and scored on Chris Curran's single.

Hagerstown (6-14) failed to take advantage of seven walks, five provided by Greenville starter Fabian Williamson, who lasted three innings.

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