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Friday, December 9, 2022

Pitching Dominates Marauders and Power

Greenville Drive 9, �West Virginia Power 3 (box)

Two late-inning rallies pushed the Drive past the Power in Greenville on Thursday.

The Power started the scoring with 2 runs in the top of the 1st. �CF David Rubinstein opened the game with �a double into left field. �3B Jesus Brito walked, and 1B Aaron Baker brought them both in with a double into center field. �Baker tried to make it to third base on the throw in to the plate, but was thrown out at third.

Power starter Melkin Laureano pitched 4 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. �He worked around a one-out triple in the 1st inning, and around a pair of two-out walks in the 2nd. �A balk brought in a run for the Drive in the 3rd inning, after two singles and a stolen base. �An inside-the-park home run gave the Drive a second run in the 4th. �After the homer, a single and a double put two runners in scoring position, but Laureano ended the inning with a strikeout, and the score was tied at 2-2.

Baker homered with one out in the top of the 6th, giving the Power a short-lived 3-2 lead. �In the bottom of the frame, Jason Erickson, who had retired the side in the 5th, gave up a single and a triple, to tie the score at 3-3. �Erickson got two outs, but a fielding error by Jesus Brito allowed the runner from third base to score. �Two more singles brought in another run, and the Drive had a 5-3 lead.

Ryan Kelly took the mound for the 7th inning. �He hit the first two batters he faced, then after a strikeout, he loaded the bases with a single. �A grounder to third gave the Power the chance to force out the lead runner at the plate, and a strikeout ended the inning without a run scoring. �But Kelly was not so fortunate in the 8th. �He hit yet another batter to lead off the 8th. �Back-to-back doubles brought in two runs, and a single added the third run of the inning. �Marc Baca relieved Kelly, but he gave up two more singles, driving in another run (charged to Kelly). �The Power could not respond in the top of the 9th, and the Drive had the 9-3 win.

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