Streaking Hoppers Closing In
Win, Hit, Home Run Streak Kept in Tact as Greensboro Takes Series Opener, 7-2
Lexington, Ky. â€“ The gap between Greensboro and Northern Division-leading Lake County was reduced by one half game Wednesday as the Hoppers took the series-opener of a three-game set against Lexington, 7-4.
With the top three teams in the division all setting idle due to poor weather conditions at their respective game locations, Greensboro was able to knock one half game off of the lead to move within three and one half games of the Captains.
Ryan Curry launched what eventually became a 7-0 Greensboro advantage with a lead-off home run in the third inning. It was the first of three hits for Curry in the contest and extended Greensboroâ€™s home run streak to 10 games.
The Hoppers tacked on four runs in all during the third inning before plating three more in the fourth. Greensboro combined to score all seven of its runs on 10 hits during the-two inning stretch.
Along with Greensboroâ€™s 10-game home run streak and its third consecutive victory, Bryan Petersen singled for the Hoppers in the third inning to extend his hit streak to 13 games. Petersenâ€™s single was the third of four consecutive hits Greensboro had to open the third inning and extended the leagueâ€™s longest active hit streak.
Stuart Alexander started for Greensboro and was happy to see his streak snapped. Entering the game, Alexander had suffered losses in each of his last three outings.
After five innings on the hill, Alexander gave way to the bullpen with a 7-2 lead; four innings later he was credited with his fifth win of the season to improve to 5-5.
*****from Justin Stottlemyre Hoppers media assistant*****