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By Marty Leap
Two late inning rallies not enough for Greensboro
Twice on Tuesday night the High-A Greensboro Grasshoppers would mount late inning rallies. Their 9th inning rally tied the game to force extra innings, but their 10th inning rally came up short in a 7-6 loss that dropped the Grasshoppers to 7-3 on the season.
Po-Yu Chen started for the Grasshoppers and turned in his best start of the young season. In 5 innings pitched, Chen allowed a run on three hits, two walks, and five strikeouts. Chen threw 48 of his 74 pitches for strikes.
Dante Mendoza followed Chen, allowing 3 runs on two hits, two walks, he threw a wild pitch, and struck out four in 1.2 innings pitched. Santiago Florez got the final out of the 7th inning, but not before allowing a run on three hits. Jaycob Deese then allowed a hit, walked a batter, and sturck a batter out in 2 scoreless innings pitched.
Trialing 5-4 entering the bottom of the 9th, Greensboro would rally to get the game to the 10th inning.
Hudson Head singled to start the inning and advanced to second base on a ground out. Head would come around to score on a two-out single by Maikol Escotto, tying the game at 5. After Sammy Siani single, Eli Wilson single on the infield but Escotto was thrown out attempting to score. This sent the game to extra innings.
Eddy Yean pitched the top of the 10th inning and allowed a pair of runs, putting the Grasshoppers in a 7-5 hole. While the Greensboro batters would mount a rally in the bottom half of the inning, it was a rally that would come up short.