Greensboro keeps battling back in 1-run, extra innings victory
The High-A Greensboro Grasshoppers had to work hard for their victory on Thursday night. They rallied multiple times on their way to defeating the Greenville Drive 8-7 in 10 innings. With the win, the Grasshoppers are now 55-47 on the season.
Things started poorly for the Grasshoppers. Bubba Chandler, who had been pitching much better of late, allowed 2 runs in the 1st inning and another run in the 2nd. This put Greensboro in an early hole as Chandler allowed 3 runs on four hits, three walks, and two strikeouts in 3 innings pitched.
The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings all saw the Grasshopper offense score runs.
Jase Bowen led the 2nd inning off with his 21st home run of the season. I will continue to beat the drum for him to be promoted to Double-A. Tres Gonzalez walked in the 3rd inning and scored on a 2-run home run by Jack Brannigan, his 7th since being promoted to Greensboro and 3rd in the last two days.
Shawn Ross also homered, hitting a 2-run shot in the 4th inning. This was not it for Ross. In the 6th inning, he tied the game at 6 when he hit a solo home run to give him 10 long balls so far this season.
Yunior Thibo pitched the 4th inning, allowing 3 runs on five hits. After Greensboro had battled back to take a 5-3 lead, this put them in a 6-5 hole. To their credit, the Grasshoppers would battle back once again.
Jake Stevenson pitched 2 scoreless innings and Eddy Yean pitched a scoreless 7th. Josiah Sightler hit a sacrifice fly in the 8th inning putting the Grasshoppers back in front by a score of 7-6. However, the Drive would tie the game at 7 with a sacrifice fly off of Yean in the bottom half of the inning.
The game went into extra innings still tied at 7. Brannigan hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th to give Greensboro an 8-7 lead and Brannigan 3 RBI on the night. Cy Nielson struck out a pair and got a ground out in the bottom of the 10th inning, capping off 2.1 scoreless innings from him, to close out the game.