Greenville, SC (Drive Release) – Fans at Fluor Field on Friday night got to see two fireworks shows for the price of one, as the Greenville Drive (1-1, 35-36) offense battered the Savannah Sand Gnats (1-1, 45-23) to the tune of 20 hits in a 21-1 victory.
The 21 runs scored by the Drive ties a franchise record, set on April 27th of this season against Lexington, while the 20-run margin of victory is the largest in franchise history.
All 11 Drive players who saw action on Friday collected at least one hit. Tim Roberson led the way, crushing four doubles, scoring three runs and driving in seven more. Wendell Rijo chipped in with a 3-6 night, and Carlos Asuaje, Zach Kapstein, Tzu-Wei Lin and Jake Romanski added two hits apiece.
Lost in the offensive explosion was the outstanding effort from Drive starter Teddy Stankiewicz (6-4), who took a no-hitter into the sixth. He allowed two hits and one unearned run in six innings while striking out three. Jacob Dahlstrand hurled three shutout innings to finish the game for his third save.
The Drive touched up Savannah starter John Gant for 11 runs in four innings, although somewhat remarkably, only one of them was earned thanks to four Savannah errors. Kevin Mager reached on an error to begin the third and later scored on Kapstein’s RBI single. Asuaje drove home two with a single later in the frame, while another Sand Gnats error brought home a fourth run.
Three more runs came across in the fourth after Forrestt Allday’s RBI single and Roberson hit a ground-rule double to plate two more.
The Drive plated six runs in the fifth to knock Gant out of the game, with the highlights being Romanski’s RBI single, Kapstein’s RBI single, Roberson’s two-run double, Asuaje’s RBI single and Rijo’s RBI triple.
Roberson continued his remarkable offensive night in the sixth, as he rudely greeted new Savannah reliever John Mincone with a three-run double to left-center to make the score 16-1.
Game three of the four-game series is set for 7:05 on Saturday night. LH Trey Ball (1-6, 7.07) starts on the mound for the Drive, and LH Alex Panteliodis (0-1, 7.20) gets the starting call for the Sand Gnats.