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North Oconee’s Bubba Chandler throws a pitch during Game 1 of a GHSA Class 4A semifinal doubleheader in Bogart on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Benedictine won Game 1, 6-5.News Joshua L Jones /

A 1-run victory for High-A, while Low-A is rained out

The High-A Greensboro Grasshopper improved to 35-47 on the season with a 6-5 victory over the Brooklyn Cyclones on Thursday. Adrian Florencio started for the Grasshoppers, allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, on five hits, two walks and a home run in 3 innings pitched.

Jack Carey followed Florencio, walking three and striking a batter out in 1.1 scoreless innings pithed. Making his High-A debut, right Cristian Charle walked a batter and struck a batter out in 1.1 scoreless, hitless innings pitched. Eddy Yean and Dante Mendoza each pitched a scoreless inning, Oliver Mateo allowed a run while striking a batter out in the 9th inning.

Leadoff hitter Yoyner Fajardo was 2-for-5 with a RBI. First baseman Jacob Gonzalez was also 2-for-5, hitting his 9th High-A double and scoring a run. Hudson Head was 1-for-3 and Dariel Lopez had a hit as well.

It was also a big game for Grasshopper catchers. Abrahan Gutierrez served as the team’s designated hitter, going 1-for-3 with his 6th home run of the season and three RBI. Endy Rodriguez started at catcher, going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored raising his OPS on the season on the season to .839.

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Thursday night was supposed to be an exciting night for the Low-A Bradenton Marauders. Highly touted two-way prospect Bubba Chandler, who made an impact with his bat in his Low-A debut on Tuesday night, was supposed to make his first start on the mound for the Marauders. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other ideas and the game was rained out. The Marauders will now plat a doubleheader on Friday,