Mense Makes It Four Straight for Greensboro
School Day Crowd Excites During Hoppersâ€™ Five-Run Seventh
Greensboro, N.C. â€“ The same Grasshoppers team that ended a nine-game, home losing streak Sunday has now rattled off a season-long, four-game win streak with Greensboroâ€™s 7-4, come-from-behind victory over Lakewood Thursday afternoon.
Greensboro fell behind 4-0 after five innings, but the crowd of 8,742 at NewBridge Bank Park for the AIG United Guaranty School Day game cheered on a Hoppers rally that included all seven Greensboro runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
â€œI love being able to play in front of all the kids,â€ said Greensboroâ€™s Hunter Mense following the victory. â€œTheyâ€™re always extremely supportive and they love you whether you get a hit or strikeout. Itâ€™s not every day you hear the ballpark get that excited for a routine groundout.â€
Mense didnâ€™t have to worry about any sympathy cheers though; he went 3-for-4 from the plate and excited the patrons with his two-run double in the seventh inning that plated the game-winning run.
With its first lead of the game, Hoppersâ€™ reliever Corey Madden returned to the mound for his second inning of work en route to his second win of the season.
â€œIt seems like when we get the lead and hand it to our bullpen its kind of a done deal,â€ said Mense. â€œThose guys have been so strong for us all year and they continue to perform night in and night out.â€
Garrett Parcell entered the game from the bullpen in the ninth inning and faced just three batter in earning his league-leading 10th save; he also credited the Greensboro batter for never quitting when the team gets down.
â€œThis team never gives up,â€ said Parcell. â€œDown four or five runs our hitters always find a way to get it done and we have to give them a lot of credit.â€
After giving up four runs in six-plus innings of work, Hoppersâ€™ starter Colby Miller was in line for his seventh loss of the season, but got off the hook thanks to a five-run fifth inning.
With the win, Greensboro captured its second home series victory of the year and will try for the sweep against Lakewood on Thursday when RHP Kyle Kaminska (0-1, 11.57) faces the reigning South Atlantic League Player of the Week, RHP Drew Naylor (3-2, 2.04), in the series finale. The first pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m. as the Hoppers end an eight-game homestand on Thirsty Thursday.
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*****from Justin Stottlemyre Hoppers’ media assistant*****