Greenville build big early lead, hangs on to knock off Lexington to capture series win

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The Greenville Drive built an early lead and then held off the Lexington Legends for a 4-2 win in front of 6,556 fans at Whitaker Bank Ballpark Wednesday.

The Drive opened the scoring with a run in the second inning when Isaias Lucena singled and scored on a double by Nick Lovullo. They added two runs in the third. Tyler Hill was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a double by Ryan Scott. Hill scored and Scott went to third on a single by Tucker Tubbs, and after Tubbs was caught trying to steal second, Mitchell Gunsolus delivered a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Scott.

Meibrys Viloria doubled and scored a seventh-inning run for Lexington. (Photo by Mary Lay/Lexington Legends)

Greenville increased its lead to 4-0 in the sixth inning, when Lucena reached on an error with two outs, stole second and came home on a single by Lovullo, who is the son of Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo.

The Legends got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Kort Peterson and Angelo Castellano walked, and Gabriel Cancel singled, loading the bases. Chris DeVito’s sacrifice fly brought Peterson home with Lexington’s first run.

The Legends moved a run closer in the seventh. Meibrys Viloria led off with a double and came around to score when Manny Olloque’s grounder got past Lovullo for an error.

But reliever Stephen Nogosek held the Legends scoreless on two hits over the last two innings to seal the win.

Greenville starter Logan Boyd (2-0) pitched five and one-third innings and got the win. Matthew Gorst worked one and two-thirds innings before Nogosek closed the game, earning his third save of the season.

Legends starter Ofreidy Gomez (0-3) was the losing pitcher. He pitched five innings, allowing five hits and three runs. He struck out seven batters and walked none. Travis Eckert allowed two hits and one unearned run over the last four innings.

Greenville won two out of three in the series.

The Legends will open a four-game series in Columbia Thursday night. Game time is 7:05 p.m. They will return to Lexington for a seven-game homestand beginning Monday night, April 24.

From Legends Communications

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