Following an 11 innings battle, the High-A affiliates of the Pittsburgh Pirates came up short in a 7-5 loss
Thursday night saw the High-A Greensboro Grasshoppers play 11 innings. After allowing 4 runs in the top of the 11th inning, the Grasshoppers found themselves as 7-5 losers. With the loss, the Grasshoppers fell to 40-51 on the season.
Sean Sullivan pitched the 1st inning for Greensboro, allowing a run on two this while striking out the side. Adrian Florencio followed, allowing a run on three hits, three walks and two strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched.
Santiago Florez struck out three batters in 1.2 scoreless innings pitched, and Denny Roman pitched a scoreless inning. Eddy Yean pitched 2 innings, allowing a run leading to his season ERA rising to 6.15.
After Cam Junker pitched a scoreless 10th inning, things went sideways in the 11th. Dante Mendoza allowed 4 runs on four hits, a walk, a home run and two strikeouts in the 11th inning. Logan Hofmann then had to get the final out of the inning.
For the Grasshopper offense, Dariel Lopez had just one hit but it was his 15h double of the season. First baseman Jacob Gonzalez was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, two RBI and his 7th High-A home run of the season.
Starting at second base, Endy Rodriguez also had a big night for the Grasshoppers. Rodriguez hit his 15th home run of the season as part of a 2-for-5 performance, with a run scored and three RBI. Rodriguez continues to push for a promotion to Double-A.