Moanaroa drives in both runs in loss
Lexington, KY April 18, 2013 – The Greenville Drive (7-8) had one of those nights on Thursday where nothing went as planned, as they collected just five hits while committing six errors in a 13-2 loss in the opening game of their weekend road trip against the Lexington Legends (5-10).
Lexington took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the fourth, where they turned four Drive errors into a six-run inning that put the game out of reach. After a one-out single, a throwing error and an infield single, Terrance Gore grounded a single into left field against Drive starter Frank Montas (0-2) to score a pair, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. With two outs, Raul Mondesi tripled to right field and came in to score on a throwing error from right field. Bubba Starling then reached on an error, stole second and scored on a Cameron Gallagher RBI single. Francisco Taveras then came in for Greenville to try and stop the bleeding, but a double, an RBI single and another fielding error allowed two more runs to score for Lexington.
Those runs would be more than enough support for Legends starting pitcher Christian Binford (1-1), who allowed two runs and five hits in five and two-thirds while walking two and striking out seven. Scott Alexander worked three and a third scoreless frames and picked up his first save of the season.
Greenville’s only two runs of the night came in the top of the first, when Boss Moanaroa singled to left field to plate Mike Miller and Mookie Betts, who each singled to lead off the frame.
The Legends took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the third and didn’t give it back thanks to Gore’s RBI single and Mondesi’s two-run triple. They added another three-spot in the seventh on Ethan Chapman’s RBI single and Mondesi’s two-run homer to left field. Yowill Espinal’s RBI triple to left-center tacked on the final run of the evening.
Mondesi had a big night for Lexington with three hits and four RBIs. Gore added three hits and three RBIs of his own, while Chapman and Espinal picked up two hits apiece. Nick Moore was the lone Drive batter with two hits in the game.
The same two teams will meet again for game two of the series in Lexington tomorrow night at 7:05. LHP Cody Kukuk (1-1, 5.00) gets the ball for the Drive, while LHP Colin Rodgers (0-0, 3.12) will start for the Legends.