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Poor 4th inning defense plays a big role in Greensboro loss

A poor 4th inning proved to be the undoing for High-A Greensboro in a 6-2 loss against the Hickory Crawdads. Following the loss against a former Pirate minor league affiliate, the Grasshoppers are now 37-32 on the season.

Po-Yu Chen started for Greensboro and pitched 6.2 innings. Chen allowed 6 runs, only 3 earned, on seven hits, three walks, a home run, and six strikeouts. The righty threw 58 of 95 pitches for a strike, induced five ground ball outs, and picked a batter off first base.

Most of the damage done against Chen came in the 4th inning. With one out in the inning and two runners on base, Brenden Dixon committed a fielding error on a ground ball that could have been an inning ending double play. This sparked a 4-run inning for the Crawdads that was not completely on Chen and could have been avoided with better defense.

Jack Carey was the only other pitcher that Greensboro used on Wednesday night. Carey allowed a hit in 1.1 scoreless innings pitched, striking out three batters.

As for the Greensboro offense, the top four hitters in the lineup all went 0-for-4. This is not a recipe for success. Greensboro collected just a pair of hits, which included a 2-run home run by Ernny Ordonez. The 5th home run of the season by Ordonez accounted for the only runs of the night for the Grasshoppers.