Drive get fill of Suns pitching

May 30, 2010

HAGERSTOWN -- The Greenville Drive started turning the Memorial Day holiday into a picnic.

They feasted on Hagerstown pitching and stayed for extras.

Nine of the Drive's 13 hits went for extra bases and they used them to score in five of the nine innings on Sunday to record a 6-1 victory over the Suns.

Greenville (25-26) collected six doubles and three triples.

Meanwhile, Drive starter Yeiper Castillo (3-3) and Anatanaer Batista stopped Hagerstown in its tracks, holding the Suns (27-23) to three hits. The only one that really counted was J.R. Higley's first home run of the season for Hagerstown's only run in the sixth inning.

Castillo pitched seven innings, allowing the one run and all three hits while striking out five. Batista struck out three in two innings of work.


Greenville got to Hagerstown starter Trevor Holder (4-2) for two runs in the second and a single run in the third for the early 3-0 lead, which it held until Higley's homer.

The Drive closed with single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings against reliever Wanel Vasquez.

The Drive jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second, Michael Almanzar led off with his first of two doubles and scored on the first of two triples by Zach Gentile. Gentile scored on Christian Vazquez's grounder.

Greenville took a 3-0 lead in the third when Jeremy Hazelbaker led off with a triple and scored on Derrik Gibson's single.

Higley got the Suns on the board with his leadoff shot to right field.

Doubles by Gibson and Chris McGuiness produced Greenville's run in th seventh. Almanzar's second double and Gentile's second triple gave Greenville its run in the eighth.

The Drive closed out the scoring in the ninth on doubles by Hazelbaker and McGuiness.

The Suns used a six-run fourth inning to defeat Greenville 9-4 on Saturday. Destin Hood led Hagerstown with three hits and two RBIs to support starter Mitchell Clegg (6-0), who allowed six hits and three runs over six innings.

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