Castano spearheads shutout of Shorebirds

Trio combines for 13 strikeouts as Hoppers avoid sweep

By Josh Feldman / Greensboro Grasshoppers | June 29, 2018 9:11 PM

GREENSBORO, N.C. (June 29, 2018) -- Daniel Castano struck out eight batters over 6.0 scoreless innings to lead the Grasshoppers to a shutout victory over the Delmarva Shorebirds, 1-0, on Friday night in front of 7,009 fans at First National Bank Field. Greensboro (39-38) matched its season high with 13 total strikeouts from three pitchers as the Hoppers secured their sixth shutout of the season.

Castano (1-0) earned the win in his Grasshoppers debut. The left-hander, who opened the season with Class A-Advanced Jupiter and made a pair of rehab appearances with the rookie-level GCL Marlins, limited Delmarva to four hits and no walks while setting a new season-high in strikeouts with eight.

Travis Neubeck tossed a clean seventh, striking out two in a perfect inning. Vincenzo Aiello faced on over the minimum in the eighth and ninth, fanning three batters en route to the save (5).

Delmarva starting pitcher Matthias Dietz (6-2) took the hard-luck loss, allowing a run on three hits while striking out three and walking two over 4 and 2/3 innings.

Greensboro scored the game's lone run in a wacky bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, Micah Brown lifted a pop up toward third base where Shorebirds shortstop Mason McCoy and third baseman Branden Becker miscommunicated, allowing the ball to drop between them for a double. Brown the swiped third base, his eighth stolen base of the season, putting the preassure on Dietz. Following a Harrison DiNicola walk, Michael Hernandez dropped a squeeze bunt down the first base line and raced to the bag for an RBI-infield single, scoring Brown for a 1-0 lead.

The game featured nine total hits and lasted two hours and 15 minutes. Greensboro has now fanned 13 batters in a game four times this season, last coming also against the Shorebirds on June 5 at Delmarva. Friday's game also marked the 14th time this season that Hoppers pitchers did not walk a batter.

Greensboro hits the road for a 4-game series at Hickory starting on Saturday before returning to First National Bank Field on Wednesday, July 4 for a 3-game home stand against the Lakewood BlueClaws, beginning with an Independence Day fireworks spectacular. A limited number of tickets are still available for the Fourth of July online at gsohoppers.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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