CHARLESTON, SC – Ricardo Ferreira drove in two and the Charleston RiverDogs twice brought the game within a run after falling into an early hole, but failed to outscore Greenville, 6-4, in front of a crowd of 5,250 at Joseph P. Riley Jr., Park Saturday night.
The Drive (66-58, 29-26) got on the board in the top of the second inning with two runs off of a botched pickoff attempt. Kyri Washington led off the inning beating out an infield single followed by a walk issued to Austin Rei. After a strikeout, Derek Miller stepped in the box. After a ball outside, Charleston RiverDogs' (67-57, 25-30) catcher Luis Torrens threw behind Miller at first and the rundown pursued. Miller was dead in the lights at second, but first baseman Chris Gittens sailed the throw wide into center field scoring both Washington and Miller taking the 2-0 lead.
Charleston scratched back with a run of their own in the bottom of the third with an RBI groundout from Ricardo Ferreira. Gosuke Katoh led off the inning with a standup double to left. After a groundout, Ferreira grounded out to short driving in Katoh to make it 2-1.
The Drive scored two more runs in the top of the fifth off of RiverDog starter Luis Cedeno (7-8), with an RBI double from Nick Lovullo and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Drive center fielder Luis Alexander Basabe to extend their lead 4-1.
The RiverDogs got within one in the bottom half of the fifth with two runs of their own on an RBI single from Ferreira and an RBI triple from Hoy Jun Park making it a 4-3 contest in favor of Greenville.
Greenville kept the trend of scoring in pairs; pushing two more runs over in the top of the sixth. After two straight one-out base hits, Mitchell Gunsolus delivered the third base hit in a row, but the ball would sneak under Ferreira's glove allowing both runners to score and sent Gunsolus to third on the fielding error. The Drive carried a 6-3 lead into the eighth inning.