Extra-inning explosion enough to avoid sweep
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (April 29, 2018) -- Despite giving up a 2-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, Greensboro erupted with a season-high seven runs in the top of the 10th inning en route to an 11-7 win over Asheville on Sunday afternoon at McCormick Field. The Grasshoppers nearly doubled
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (April 29, 2018) -- Despite giving up a 2-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, Greensboro erupted with a season-high seven runs in the top of the 10th inning en route to an 11-7 win over Asheville on Sunday afternoon at McCormick Field. The Grasshoppers nearly doubled their previous high-scoring inning in the extra frame by using six hits including four doubles to boost the offense.
With Greensboro leading 3-1 going into the bottom of the eighth,
The Tourists rallied against R.J. Peace, who plunked a batter then threw wide of first base on a pickoff attempt to help Asheville's
No lead is ever safe at hitter-friendly McCormick Field, and the Tourists challenged in the home half of the 10th. With
Peace (2-0) earned the win for Greensboro despite the blown save in the bottom of the ninth while Valdespina (0-1) took the loss for Asheville. The extra-inning offensive explosion -- featuring 10 total runs on 10 hits -- overshadowed a strong starting pitching perforamnce from Grasshopper
Greensboro took an early lead with two runs in the top of the first.
In the second inning, Asheville took advantage of a Grasshoppers error to get on the board. Bret Boswell singled with one out, and two batters later, Boswell scored when Greensboro right fielder Zach Sullivan misplayed a Ryan Vilade base hit, cutting the Hoppers lead in half, 2-1. Puckett bounced back after the miscue, working around hits in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to keep the Tourists scoreless. He finished his afternoon with a perfect sixth inning.
The Grasshoppers added to their lead in the top of the seventh against Tourists reliever
The win put an end to the Hoppers' 2-game road slide and prevented a series sweep for the Tourists.
Greensboro is off on Monday before returning to First National Bank Field on Tuesday, May 1, to open a 7-game home stand. The Grasshoppers face the Hagerstown Suns on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., and tickets are available online at gsohoppers.com.