Greensboro, N.C. â€“ Another tough day at the plate led to Greensboroâ€™s 3-1 loss Wednesday as the Hoppers suffered their first back-to-back losses of the season, both coming against Kannapolis at NewBridge Bank Park.
Colby Miller recorded his first quality start in four attempts and turned in one of Greensboroâ€™s best starting performances of the season despite being credited with his fourth loss of the season.
Miller gave up just four hits in 7.0 innings; the most innings pitched in a game by a Hoppers starter this season, and struck out four batters while allowing just two runs to the Intimidators.
But the four hits surrendered by Miller were more than the Grasshoppers could muster up altogether. Greensboro collected just three hits as a team while Ryan Curry extended his current hitting streak to six games and Mike Stanton getting his first hit in five games after going 0-for-15 in his last 15 at-bats.
Ryan Anetsberger recorded Greensboroâ€™s other hit in the game.
Kannapolis recorded single runs in the second and third innings to take a 2-0 lead, but the Hoppers responded with a fifth-inning run to pull within one. The Intimidators tacked on a ninth inning insurance run and won the game 3-1 despite Greensboro leaving the bases loaded in the seventh inning and 11 total runners on base during the game.
Along with the absence of hits, Greensboro struggled by striking out eight times in the contest and has now been struck out 35 times in their least three games.
Greensboro continues its six-game homestand Thursday as the Hoppers welcome Hagerstown to NewBridge Bank Park for a four-game set. The series is the only time the Suns will visit Greensboro this season; for more information about this and upcoming Grasshopper games, events and promotions, contact the Grasshoppers Box Office at 336-268.2255 or visit www.gsohoppers.com on the World Wide Web.
from Justin Stottlemyre Hoppers’ media assistant