Southpaw Suffers From Hoppersâ€™ Offensive Setback
Voss Tagged With Loss In First Career Quality Start; Hickman Snaps 0-for-16 Skid
Lakewood, N.J. â€“ Greensboro could not have asked for a better start from Jay Voss on Friday night; but his efforts were ultimately wasted in a 2-0 loss to Lakewood as the Hoppers were blanked for fifth time this season.
Voss, who has yet to earn a professional win, was credited with his second loss in as many appearances in a Grasshoppers uniform despite having one of the best starts of his career.
The southpaw pitched a career-high, six innings and allowed just one unearned run while striking out three BlueClaws. But Voss was left to drift at sea with no run support and a defense that for the second straight night committed a costly error that allowed Lakewood to plate the game-winning run.
Greensboro failed to produce a hit after the fourth inning and only collected three in the contest, wrapping up its eight-game road trip with a scanty .176 batting average.
Tom Hickman earned the Hoppersâ€™ first hit of the night with two-out double in the second inning to snap a 0-for-16 slump at the plate; Matt Dominguez and Jameson Smith had Greensboroâ€™s other two hits.
Three Lakewood pitchers combined on the shutout while starter Chris Kissick gave up all three Grasshoppers hits while striking out five batters in 3 1/3 innings of work.
The loss was Greensboroâ€™s third straight, its most consecutive road losses this season, and brought an end to a 2-6 eight-game road trip.
Greensboro returns to action Saturday at NewBridge Bank Park in a 7:00 p.m. game against the Delmarva Shorebirds where the Hoppers will look to build on a five-game home win streak. The Hoppers are slated to send RHP Stuart Alexander (4-3, 4.72) to the mound while the â€˜Birds are expected to counter with left-handed hurler Cole McCurry (1-4, 5.75).
Postgame Quick Stats
Win â€“ Moises Melendez (1-0); Loss â€“ Jay Voss (0-2); Save â€“ Joseph Rocchio (1)
Time â€“ 2:09; Attendance â€“ 8,067
*****from Justin Stottlemyre Hoppers’ media assistant*****