Greensboro offense explodes in late innings to secure a win
Entering the 6th inning on Sunday afternoon the Greensboro Grasshoppers were trailing the Bowling Green Hot Rods 4-1. Well, a three-run 6th inning was the start of Greensboro scoring 10 runs across the final four innings of the game on their way to an 11-7 victory.
Sean Sullivan started for the Grasshoppers and contributed to their early hole. Sullivan allowed 3 runs on three hits, a walk, three strikeouts and a home run in 3 innings pitched. However, all 3 runs allowed by Sullivan were unearned due to a Francisco Acuna error.
Even as the Grasshopper bats got going the pitching would continue to struggle.
Jack Carey allowed allowed a run while walking two batters in 3 innings pitched. Santaigo Florez followed Carey. Florez only recorded one out while allowing a pair of runs on two hits and a walk. Florez has had a miserable season, now owning a 7.25 ERA in 49.2 innings pitched. Eddy Yean, who has also struggled this season, allowed a run on two hits and four strikeouts in 1.2 innings pitched. Cam Junker was the lone Grasshopper pitcher to post a zero on Sunday, pitching a 1-2-3 9th inning which included a strikeout.
The bats are what carried the day for Greensboro.
Right fielder Yoyner Fajardo was 3-for-5 with a triple, a walk, a RBI and a run scored. Dariel Lopez started at third base going 3-for-6 with two RBI and three runs scored. Slugging first baseman Jacob Gonzalez was 2-for-5 with his 12th double a RBI and a run scored, while designated hitter Abrahan Gutierrez was 1-for-2 with three walks and a run scored.
Hudson Head went 1-for-2, and Jackson Glenn was 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Catcher Eli Wilson was 2-for-4 with his 4th double of the season and he scored a pair of runs. Acuna helped make up for his error by going 2-for-5 with a double, run scored and a RBI.
Outfielder Luke Brown was the lone Grasshopper batter who was in the starting lineup that failed to record a hit. However, he still drew a walk and scored a run.