Photo: Greensboro Grasshoppers
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Let’s hop into the game!
The Greensboro Grasshoppers took on the Delmarva Shorebirds for the second game of the three-game series on Friday. The starting pitchers were Mitch Horacek (Shorebirds) and Sean Townsley. (Grasshoppers)
The first inning would be completed with only six batters total having went up to the plate, meaning there was a one-two-three inning for both teams. The first run of the game would come in the bottom of the third, off of a Victor Castro home run, his first of the season, putting Greensboro up 1-0. As it turns out, this would be the only run scored for the Grasshoppers in the entire game.
The next five innings were back and forth, with each team getting runners on base, but they could never capitalize. But in the ninth inning, things got a little interesting. Matt Milroy, the second Grasshoppers’ pitcher to enter the game, struck out the first two batters, giving Greensboro a confident feeling. With no runners on base and two outs, Delmarva began to get to work.
First, Federico Castagnini singled, then Gregory Lorenzo singled, then Josh Hart singled. All of a sudden, the bases were fully loaded, with Trey Mancini coming up to bat. Mancini swung the bat with force, giving him a two-RBI single, as Castagnini and Lorenzo score. That gives the Shorebirds a 2-1 lead, and it doesn’t look good for the ‘Hoppers. Milroy then strikes out (sixth strikeout) Jeff Kemp to send it to the bottom of the ninth.
The Grasshoppers were down to their last three outs. Felix Munoz came up to the plate, and he was walked by Jimmy Yacabonis. Next, Chad Wallach pop-flys, one out. Victor Castro, who homered in the third inning, is walked next. This puts runners on first and second with one out, Grasshoppers down by one. Then, Yefri Perez strikes out, making it two outs. Justin Bohn steps up, and is walked. At this point, the bases are loaded, there are two outs, and all the Grasshoppers need is for Juan Avila to get a base hit, so they can tie the game up at two-a-piece.
Avila steps up. Avila strikes out. Game over. The final from Greensboro was 2-1, with the Shorebirds winning the game and the series.
Overall, the Grasshoppers had six hits, while the Shorebirds had nine. Greensoro’s offensive woes continued in this match-up, and they have only scored a total of two runs in this entire series with Delmarva.
Grasshopper of the Game: Victor Castro, 1-for-3 with a home run in the third inning, the Grasshoppers’ only run of the ballgame.
Next Game: Saturday, April 19th, 2014 against the Delmarva Shorebirds.
Record: With this loss, the Grasshoppers drop to 7-8, making them fourth in the South Atlantic League Northern Division standings.