Garcia Delivers Game-Winner to Complete Greensboro Comback
GREENSBORO â€“ Danny Garcia may struck out three times Wednesday afternoon, but he made most forget about his early struggles with his game-winning single in the ninth inning to help Greensboro complete its three-game sweep of the Lexington Legends.
With two outs and a runner of first, the Legends intentionally walked Hunter Mense to get to Garcia. The move worked in the Hoppersâ€™ favor as Garcia hit a ground ball to the left side that made it through the hole at shortstop, allowing Ozzie Martinez to score the game-winning run.
It was Martinezâ€™s only run of the game.
Greensboro starter Alex Sanabia gave up two Legendsâ€™ runs in the first inning to put the Hoppers in an early bind, but Mike Stantonâ€™s league-leading, 14th home run in the bottom half of the frame evened things up.
Stantonâ€™s two-run blast also extended Greensboroâ€™s home run streak to 17 games. During the Hoppersâ€™ last 17 contests, Greensboro has pounded out 31 home runs.
Stanton finished the game with a team-high, two RBI which was matched by Bryan Petersen.
With his hit streak on the line in the eighth inning and the Hoppers trailing by two, Petersen hit Greensboroâ€™s third home run of the game off the right field foul pole to knot the game at five.
Petersenâ€™s lone hit of the game also extended his current hit streak to a league-leading 18 games.
Hunter Mense had Greensboroâ€™s other home run on the afternoon; it was his fifth of the season.
The Hoppers hit the road for West Virginia to play the final four games of the first half. The four-game set kicks off Thursday at 7:00 p.m. from Appalachian Power Park. Greensboro is scheduled to send RHP Brett Durand (6-3, 4.57) to the mound in the series opener while the Power are projected to start LHP Chris Cody (2-0, 1.08).
Postgame Quick Stats
Win â€“ Cory Madden (4-0); Loss â€“ Fernando Abad (1-6); Save â€“ None
Time â€“ 2:26; Attendance â€“ 4,478
*****from Justin Stottlemyre Hopper’s media assistant*****