Greenville Drive in-game posts

Joined: Dec 13 2006, 07:24 PM

Apr 6 2007, 03:09 AM #1


4/5/07

Greenville Drops Opener to Charleston in 10, 1-0

The Drive's season opener featured some nifty pitching, but the stellar efforts of Jon Lester and Travis Beazley were squandered by an ineffective offense and a poor performance in the bottom of the tenth by T.J. Large.

Charleston was held to a single hit and one walk over 9 innings in great performances by Lester and Beazley, while Greenville accumulated 6 hits, 3 walks, and reached on 4 errors, but was unable to score. The Drive left 13 runners on base as opportunity after opportunity was squandered. In the 6th, the Drive loaded the bases with no one out, but managed to avoid scoring runs, as Lars Anderson and Jason Place both struck out, failing to get the runner home from third with less than two out. Overall, the lineup struck out 14 times, usually with runners in scoring position.

In the top of the 10th, Lars Anderson recorded his first professional hit, moving Jon Still to third with one out, but two strikeouts later, the Drive had failed to take advantage again, and T.J. Large came out in the bottom of the 10th attempting to preserve the scoreless tie.

Unfortunately, he yielded a leadoff double and then failed to make a play on an attempted sacrifice bunt, putting runners on 1st and 3rd. After an intentional walk to load the bases, he got the first out via K, but gave up a game-winning single to center to end it.

Here's the box score. Read it and weep.
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Apr 6 2007, 03:40 AM #2

No weeping; I'm happy for Lester. :thumbup:
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Apr 6 2007, 08:38 PM #3

4/6/07

Greenville hopes to wake up their capable bats as they continue their opening series in Charleston at 7:05pm.

Chris Jones gets the start for the Drive; he'll be facing Eric Hacker.
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Apr 7 2007, 02:10 AM #4


Through 5-1/2, Greenville and Charleston still scoreless.

Chris Jones has just been replaced by Miguel Socolovich after posting the following line:

5 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K

After walking the leadoff batter in the 1st, Jones retired 15 straight.


EDIT: Socolovich yields a hit to the first batter he faces, and then the next batter goes deep. A few hits later, it's Charleston 5-0 in the 6th.

Kyle Fernandes comes in to finally get the last out of the inning.
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Apr 7 2007, 02:45 AM #5

TPetey @ Apr 6 2007, 09:10 PM wrote:
Through 5-1/2, Greenville and Charleston still scoreless.

Chris Jones has just been replaced by Miguel Socolovich after posting the following line:

5 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K

After walking the leadoff batter in the 1st, Jones retired 15 straight.


EDIT: Socolovich yields a hit to the first batter he faces, and then the next batter goes deep. A few hits later, it's Charleston 5-0 in the 6th.

Kyle Fernandes comes in to finally get the last out of the inning.
Nice. Almost perfect through 5!!!!
Maybe he's a late bloomer?
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Apr 7 2007, 03:14 AM #6

Chris Jones was a 29th round pick in '05, so he hasn't been tagged as a high ceiling guy ... but you never know. He's old for his level and he's repeating Low A, but he missed most of 2005 with a foot injury. It's nice to see him doing so well.
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Apr 7 2007, 03:39 AM #7

Greenville Loses 2nd Straight to Charleston, 8-2

Chris Jones gave up only a 1st inning leadoff walk in 5 innings, but Miguel Socolovich made up for the lack of baserunners in relief, yielding a three run home run on the way to allowing 5 runs on 5 hits and a walk in 2/3rds of an inning. Kyle Fernandes surrendered another 3 run jack in the 7th to give Charleston an 8-0 lead.

Eric Hacker matched Jones by continuing to stifle the Greenville offense, giving up 3 hits in 6 inning, walking none and striking out 5. The Drive's best chance against him came in the third inning, when Manny Arambarris led off with a single that got by the right fielder for an error and wound up at third. However, a strikeout, an infield lineout, and a ground out failed to get him home.

Greenville finally scored their first run, breaking their 17 inning scoreless streak to begin the season, in the 8th on hits by Argenis Diaz and Jon Still. They added another run in the top of the 9th, when Mike Chambers doubled in Jason Place.

Greenville outhit Charleston 9-7, but couldn't get the timely hit. Lars Anderson was 2-4 with a double. Mickey Hall and Argenis Diaz each collected two singles.

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Apr 7 2007, 03:55 PM #8

4/7/07

Greenville is still waiting for their first timely hit (they've left 23 runners on base in the first two losses) as they try to reverse their fortunes in Charleston at 7:05pm.

Dustin Richardson is the surprise starter for the Drive; he'll be facing Grant Duff.

Important Schedule Note:

The game is officially scheduled for 7:05, but since it will follow a Citadel doubleheader, it may be delayed, just as last night's game was delayed by a Citadel game that went into extra innings.

Here's the Internet Broadcast Link.


EDIT: Corrected radio link
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Apr 8 2007, 02:15 AM #9

Lars Anderson records his first professional RBI on a sixth inning single (only the second hit of the game for the driveless Drive).

Charleston leads 2-1.
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Apr 8 2007, 03:40 AM #10


Greenvile Deadbats Drop Another to Charleston, 2-1

Another fine pitching performance, this time by Dustin Richardson, Adam Blackley, and Josh Papelbon, was wasted by the inexplicably punchless Drive.

How bad was it?

Let me put it this way: Lars Anderson was the offensive "star" of the game by virtue of his RBI single, a walk, and the fact that he only struck out one time. Mike Chambers had a double, and Reid Engel had a single.

That was it for the Greenville lineup, who managed to flail away for 17 strikeouts. The last 9 and 11 of the last twelve outs were recorded by strikeout.

Here's the record of ineptitude:

Kris Negron: 0-4, 3K
Jon Still: 0-4, 2K
Jason Place: 0-3, 1BB, 3K
Argenis Diaz: 0-4, 4K (Winner of the Golden Sombrero Award)

Sooner or later, this team will start to hit the ball. I can't wait.

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