Offense struggles in Greensboro loss
Entering the 9th inning the High-A Greensboro Grasshoppers had scored just 1 run. Rarely is this going to be a recipe for success. On Sunday, it was not a recipe for success as an additional 9th inning run was not enough in a 4-2 loss for the Grasshoppers against the Greenville Tourists. Following the loss, the Grasshoppers are now 53-46 this season.
Sammy Siani was 1-for-3 with a walk and a RBI for the Grasshoppers. His run-scoring hit drove in Luke Brown who went 2-for-4. Jack Brannigan was 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his 3rd at Greensboro, in the 9th inning. Singles by Termarr Johnson and Malcolm Nuñez, as well as a Maikol Escotto double were the only other Grasshopper hits.
Greensboro also struggled with runners in scoring position. The Grasshoppers went 1-for-7 with RISP. They did not get a ton of scoring opportunities, but they had enough to win the game and mostly wasted them.
Thomas Harrington started for Greensboro. Harrington allowed 2 runs on three hits, two walks, a home run, and four strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched. Yunior Thibo was created with the final out of the 4th inning, but it came when Shawn Ross threw out an attempted base stealer.
Valentin Linarez pitched 2 scoreless innings. Linarez did not allow a hit, walked a batter, and struck out three. Jack Carey allowed 2 runs on four hits and a strikeout in 2 innings pitched. Ryan Harbin allowed a hit and issued a walk, but pitched a scoreless 9th inning.