Greensboro falls in an early hole and never recover
Sunday afternoon the High-A Greensboro Grasshoppers found themselves trailing 4-0 entering the bottom of the 4th inning. Despite scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the 4th inning, the Grasshoppers were never able to dig themselves out of the hole leading to an 8-4 loss. With the loss the Grasshoppers fell to 42-52 on the season.
Nick Garcia, who had been pitching better of late, turned in a poor start for the Grasshoppers. The righty allowed 4 runs on three hits, three walks, two home runs, and four strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched. Garcia now owns a 4.01 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 83 innings pitched this season.
Santiago Florez followed Garcia, allowing a run on four hits and two strikeouts in 2.2 innings pitched. After Denny Roman struck out a pair in a scoreless innings pitched, Sean Sullivan followed allowing 3 runs on three hits, a walk and a home run in 2 innings pitched.
All 4 runs the Grasshoppers scored on Sunday came via the long ball. Abrahan Gutierrez started at designated hitter and hit a solo home run, his 10th of the season. Shortstop Francisco Acuna also hit a solo home run, giving him 3 home runs with Greensboro this season.
The other two Grasshopper long balls came off the bat of third baseman Dariel Lopez, giving him 18 home runs this season. This was part of a 3-for-4 performance for Lopez who now owns an .824 OPS on the season and is pushing for a promotion to Altoona.