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September 9, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Cup of Coffee: Mata pitches well in loss

9/9 Cup of Coffee: The Drive continued their playoff series with Charleston, taking the loss to force a Game three that will be played tonight. Bryan Mata (pictured) pitched very well for Greenville and Brett Netzer grabbed two hits.


The Southern Division Championship was evened at one, as the Drive offense wasn't able to come through with runners in scoring position, going 0 for 9 with RISP. Brett Netzer and Pedro Castellanos each had two-hit nights, with Netzer ripping a double. Jerry Downs drove in the lone run with a ground out in the eighth inning that scored Netzer, who doubled to open the frame. 

The game remained scoreless until the seventh inning due in large part to 18-year old right-hander Bryan Mata. He tossed 4 1/3 shutout innings with seven strikeouts and two walks. Mata worked out of a second-and-third, one-out jam in the third with a strikeout, a walk, and another strikeout. His 92 pitches led to a bit of an early exit. Brendan Nail struggled in relief of Mata, surrendering a pair of runs in the seventh. Hunter Smith and Juan Florentino combined for 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball to finish it out. 


Player of the Night: Bryan Mata continued his terrific regular season into the postseason, tossing 4 1/3 shutout frames. Mata finished the regular season with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in 77 innings. He struck out 74 and walked 26.

Photo Credit: Bryan Mata by Kelly O'Connor