Greenville Drive (2-0)
Jhonathan Diaz tossed 88 pitches in his 6 1/3 scoreless innings; allowing two singles, a walk, and a hit by pitch while whiffing seven. Hunter Smith surrendered one double in his 2 2/3 scoreless frames; throwing 20 of his 27 pitches for strikes.
Brett Netzer and Jerry Downs each delivered two singles in four at-bats. Santiago Espinal and Roldani Baldwin each roped a hit in four excursions; Espinal with a double, Baldwin with a homer. Bobby Dalbec drew two walks in four appearances and was caught stealing. Ryan Scott was hit by a pitch and struck out three times. Tucker Tubbs and Yoan Aybar each went hitless in three tries. Tyler Hill had a quartet of futile forays.
The Drive return home to South Carolina needing just a single win in the three scheduled home games to win their first championship for the franchise since 1998, when the Capital City Bombers (affiliated with the New York Mets) brought the South Atlantic League trophy to Columbia, South Carolina. It would be the first championship brought to Greenville since 1992, when the Braves – led by Manager Grady Little – won the Southern League Championship after winning 100 regular season games. The last Red Sox affiliated squad to win the South Atlantic League championship was the 1999 Augusta Greenjackets – who won three playoff series to take home the title despite a regular season record under .500.