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By Marty Leap
High-A Greensboro falls in early hole, never recovers
The High-A Greensboro Grasshoppers have been arguably the best team in the Pirate farm system this season. Sunday afternoon, however, they fell to the Jersey Shore BlueClaws 6-1. With the loss, the Grasshoppers are now 20-13 on the season.
Valentin Linarez started for the Grasshoppers and allowed 3 runs in the first 2 innings. This put Greensboro in a hole they never dug out of. Linarez pitched 3 innings, allowing 3 runs on six hits, three walks, three strikeouts, and a home run.
Santiago Florez pitched the 4th inning and allowed a run. Eddy Yean pitched 2 innings allowing an uneared run on two hits, a walk, and no strikeouts. Grant Ford allowed a run in an inning of work, Dante Mendoza then struck out three in 2 scoreless innings pitched.
Offensively, the Grasshoppers could never get going. Tsung-Che Cheng was 0-for-4, so were Jase Bowen, Brenden Dixon, and Maikol Escotto. Tres Gonzalez went 2-for-4 and scored the lone Grasshopper run, Wyatt Matthiessen and Eli Wilson had the only other Greensboro hits.