Lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng Gone:Hoppers win Wednesday night playoff game in 15 innings, with walk-off HR by Christian Yelich

Posted by Andy Durham on September 8, 2011 at 10:17 am under Professional | 2 Comments to Read

Big-time two-run Lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng Gone home run, by Christian Yelich, to win it for the Hoppers in the bottom of the 15th inning last night, at NewBridge Bank Park in Game One, of the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division Championship Series…..Marcell Ozuna scored the game-tying run and then Yelich touched home plate with the game-winner, to send the Hoppers on to Hickory on Friday, up 1-0 in the best-of-three series…..Ozuna led the Hoppers overall at the plate, going 4-6, with a HR and 2 RBI’s….Yelich went 2-7, with a HR and 3 RBI’s……JT Realmuto was 3-6 on the night and that was it for the Hoppers hitters….The line for the Hoppers went, 5-9-0 and for Hickory it read, 4-13-0……Huge win and it went LONG, as it all came down to the bottom of the 15th and then it was LONG, that sucker was Lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng Gone…….

Greensboro Grasshoppers 5
Hickory Crawdads 4

WP:Mike Ojala(1-0)
LP:Jose Montenegro(0-1)
HR’s:(GSO) Christian Yelich(16)….Marcell Ozuna(24)
(HIC) Tomas Telis…..Josh Richmond

Official Box Score from the South Atlantic League:

Hickory Crawdads
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Profar SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 1 .200
Herrera 2B 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .333
Telis DH 7 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 .143
Villanueva 3B 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143
Skole CF 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .167
Selen LF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .500
a- Roof PH-LF 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Richmond RF 5 1 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 .400
Deglan C 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000
Gomez 1B 6 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 .333

a-Doubled for Selen in the 11th.
BATTING
2B: Gomez (1, Varner), Richmond (1, Dayton), Roof (1, Brady).
HR: Telis (1, 10th inning off Brady, 0 on, 1 out), Richmond (1, 15th inning off Ojala, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Profar; Herrera 2; Telis 4; Villanueva; Skole; Selen 2; Roof 2; Richmond 6; Gomez 3.
RBI: Profar (1), Telis (1), Gomez (1), Richmond (1).
2-out RBI: Gomez; Richmond.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Villanueva; Telis; Deglan; Gomez; Profar 2.
SAC: Richmond; Roof.
GIDP: Skole; Roof.
Team RISP: 2-for-15.
Team LOB: 13.

BASERUNNING
CS: Richmond (1, 3rd base by Dayton/Realmuto).

Greensboro Grasshoppers
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Perio 2B 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000
Ozuna RF 6 3 4 1 0 1 2 0 0 .667
Yelich LF 7 1 2 1 0 1 3 0 1 .286
Canha 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 .000
Fisher 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
Realmuto C 6 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500
Wooster DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000
a- Dudley PH-DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
Black, Da SS 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000
Galloway CF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000

a-Struck out for Wooster in the 9th.
BATTING
2B: Ozuna (1, Buckel), Yelich (1, Monegro).
HR: Ozuna (1, 8th inning off Rowen, 0 on, 2 out), Yelich (1, 15th inning off Monegro, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Ozuna 8; Yelich 6; Realmuto 3.
RBI: Ozuna 2 (2), Yelich 3 (3).
2-out RBI: Ozuna 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Canha; Black, Da; Dudley 2.
SAC: Fisher; Galloway.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Perio-Canha, Fisher-Perio-Canha).

Hickory Crawdads
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Buckel 6.0 2 0 0 1 5 0 0.00
Mendez, R (H, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Rowen (BS, 1) 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 1 4.50
Mendoza, F (BS, 1) 2.0 1 1 1 1 2 0 4.50
Monegro (L, 0-1) 3.0 3 3 3 2 4 1 9.00
Greensboro Grasshoppers
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Varner 6.0 7 1 1 2 3 0 1.50
Zawacki 2.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0.00
Dayton 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0.00
Brady 2.0 2 1 1 0 1 1 4.50
Conley 1.1 1 1 1 2 0 0 6.75
Ojala (W, 1-0) 2.2 2 1 1 0 4 1 3.38

Monegro pitched to 2 batters in the 15th.

WP: Varner, Ojala.
IBB: Canha (by Monegro), Fisher (by Monegro), Profar (by Dayton), Richmond (by Conley).
HBP: Ozuna (by Monegro).
Groundouts-flyouts: Buckel 5-7, Mendez, R 1-1, Rowen 4-0, Mendoza, F 3-0, Monegro 2-3, Varner 6-5, Zawacki 0-2, Dayton 0-0, Brady 4-1, Conley 1-2, Ojala 3-0.
Batters faced: Buckel 21, Mendez, R 5, Rowen 8, Mendoza, F 8, Monegro 15, Varner 27, Zawacki 6, Dayton 4, Brady 8, Conley 7, Ojala 10.
Inherited runners-scored: Ojala 3-1.
Umpires: HP: Jeremy Riggs. 1B: Aaron Reynolds. 2B: Andy Draper. 3B: Roberto Ortiz.
Weather: 77 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, L to R.
T: 4:22.
Att: 2,816.


  • catherine winters said,

    I said it was LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG GONE!!! When I got Erin up this morning (she’s 10) I said Erin you know what happened the game last night? She said no what? I said, Christian Yellich hit a home run to win the game–she wasn’t even out of bed yet and she said “oh, so it was LONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG GONE!” and I said yes it was. We had some fun reliving it this morning. I still have a smile on my face about it. Kyle told me he was coaching 1st and he was so excited about it too. Great to be on the field or in the stands, in the dugout or the bullpen or even listening in your family room 2,000 miles away. Very exciting.

  • Andy said,

    I say you and Erin are both right and great memories have been made at NewBridge Bank Park with the Greensboro Grasshoppers…..