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Greensboro gets walked off

High-A Greensboro jumped out to a big early lead on Thursday and led the entire game until the 9th inning. In the bottom of the 9th, the Grasshoppers allowed 2 runs to the Rome Braves leading to a 6-5 walk off loss, falling to 62-51 on the season.

Jack Brannigan continues to swing a hot bat at the plate for Greensboro. After going 2-for-4 with an RBI, Brannigan now has a 1.057 OPS at the High-A level this season. Termarr Johnson was 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored, Luke Brown was 0-for-2 with a walk, run scored, and two RBI. Josiah Sightler was 1-for-4 with two RBI and Sammy Siani went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Derek Diamond started for Greensboro and pitched extremely well. In 7.2 innings pitched he allowed 4 runs, 3 earned, on six hits, a walk, and two strikeouts. He hit a batter and threw 61 of 90 pitches for a strike. The final 2 runs Diamond was charged with came after he exited the game.

Cy Nielson took over for Diamond and immediately allowed a 2-run double. Nielson's struggles continued into the 9th inning, issuing a walk and allowing two singles including the game-winning hit. Nielson, however, was burnt by a Brannigan throwing error in the 9th.