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May 20, 2011 at 6:48 AM

Hedman's extra inning heroics push Greenville to victory

5/20 Cup of Coffee: Rain once again wreaked havoc on play, suspending Pawtucket’s game and washing out Portland. Salem’s offense remained missing in a shutout and Greenville pulled out an extra inning thriller.

Pawtucket’s game with the Columbus Clippers (CLE) was suspended in the bottom of the fourth inning due to rain. When the game resumes, Columbus will hold a 2-1 lead. Josh Reddick hit his eleventh home run of the season in the first inning.

Portland’s game against the Reading Phillies (PHI) was also washed out due to rain. Since Reading does not return to Portland this season, the game will be made up in Reading as part of a doubleheader on August 17.

Salem received masterful pitching, but their offense was missing in action as they fell to the Wilmington Blue Rocks (KC) 1-0. Chris Balcom-Miller was splendid in his 6.0 innings of work, allowing 1 run on 1 hit (solo home run) and 1 walk while striking out 6. Tom Ebert tossed the Linkfinal 3.0 innings of the game, allowing only a walk while notching 2 punch outs. Zach Gentile went 2 for 4 to lead the meager Salem offense.

In a back-and-forth contest, Greenville stung the Augusta GreenJackets (SF) 6-5 in 11 innings. Manuel Rivera received the start for the Drive and went 3.2 innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits and a walk, striking out 5. Keith Couch followed Rivera with 2.1 innings of relief, allowing 1 run on 5 hits, striking out 5. Juan Rodriguez and Charle Rosario each contributed 2.0 innings of scoreless relief, with Rosario picking up the victory. Michael Gleason pitched a scoreless inning out of the bullpen to record his second save in as many days. In the second, an RBI ground out by David Renfroe as well as an error by the Augusta third baseman allowed the Drive to take a 2-0 lead. Augusta cut the lead in half in the bottom half of the inning, but Greenville responded with 3 in the top of the third on a Miles Head three run home run. The GreenJackets notched runs in both the fourth and the fifth to tie the contest at 5-5. The game would remain scoreless until the top of the eleventh, when Drew Hedman played hero by blasting a two out solo home run. Hedman and Head each had 2 hits to lead the Greenville offense.

Player of the Night: Drew Hedman, who went 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored, and the game winning solo home run in the top of the eleventh inning in Greenville’s 6-5 victory over Augusta.