(Greenville, SC) – The Greenville Drive (34-27) scored four runs on five hits and three walks in the bottom of the third inning, eventually going on to a 6-0 win over the Hot Rods (31-31) on Saturday night. Shane Dyer (1-4) allowed all four runs, taking the loss in the opener of the Hot Rods final road trip of the first half.
The big inning for Greenville came after Dyer had breezed through the first two frames. He struck out the side in the first before allowing a lead-off single in the second, which was quickly followed by two groundouts and a strikeout.
In the third, Dyer would have trouble with his command, leading to the big frame. He threw a lead-off walk to CF Mitch Dening. Dening then stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch before Ryan Dent struck out for the first out of the inning. Dyer would then walk David Mailman before Tim Federowicz singled in the first run to give the Drive a 1-0 lead. Next, Anthony Rizzo popped out before Greenville received consecutive runs-scoring singles from Kade Keowen, Ryan Lavarnway, and Will Middlebrooks to bump the lead to 4-0. Dyer would eventually load the bases with another walk but got out of the inning without any further damage.
The damage that was inflicted, however, was more than enough for Greenville’s Brock Huntzinger (4-3). After giving up six runs, including two home runs, in Bowling Green last Monday, Huntzinger was dominant through six shutout innings. He allowed just four hits and didn’t walk anyone while striking out five. Only three runners reached second base while the Hot Rods managed just two hitless at-bats with men in scoring position.
Dyer last four innings, his second straight outing in which he hasn’t made it out of fifth inning. He allowed four runs, all earned on five hits. Excluding the third inning, he had two 1-2-3 frames and faced one batter over the minimum in his other three innings of work.
Chris Andujar continued to pitch well for the Hot Rods, throwing three scoreless innings in relief of Dyer. He allowed four hits and three walks but stranded six base-runners over his three frames. Andujar lowered his ERA to 2.68 in a no-decision.
Greenville added its final two runs in the last of the eighth inning against Diego Echeverria. Mailman and Rizzo drove in the final two tallies as the Drive finished with 13 hits. In their two wins over the Hot Rods this season Greenville has scored a combined 18 runs on 30 hits with 14 of those runs scoring with two outs.
The series continues on Sunday afternoon as LHP Frank De Los Santos (3-5, 4.19) faces Greenville’s Hunter Strickland (3-4, 2.89) for the second consecutive start. The first pitch is scheduled for 3 PM CDT. You can follow the action with Tom Gauthier on the radio beginning at 2:45 PM CDT at 1340 AM WBGN and www.bghotrods.com.
The Hot Rods return home for their final three-game home stand before the All-Star Break on Friday, June 19, against the Asheville Tourists. Join the Hot Rods for a weekend full of promotions, including Axle’s Birthday and Mascot Mania on Friday night. On Saturday, June 20, the first 1,000 fans 13 & older will receive the Fans Choice T-Shirt courtesy of First Choice Home Medical. Then, join the Hot Rods for a Father’s Day picnic on Sunday where you can enjoy a picnic with dad in the Home Run Grill, then play catch with him on the field after the game. For tickets and details visit www.bghotrods.com or head to the Hot Rods ticket office at the corner of 8th Avenue and Center Street in downtown Bowling Green.