Hoppers Complete Legendary Sweep…

Garcia Delivers Game-Winner to Complete Greensboro Comback

GREENSBORO – 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 Hoppers’ 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 Martinez’s only run of the game.

Greensboro starter Alex Sanabia gave up two Legends’ runs in the first inning to put the Hoppers in an early bind, but Mike Stanton’s league-leading, 14th home run in the bottom half of the frame evened things up.

Stanton’s two-run blast also extended Greensboro’s home run streak to 17 games. During the Hoppers’ 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 Greensboro’s third home run of the game off the right field foul pole to knot the game at five.

Petersen’s lone hit of the game also extended his current hit streak to a league-leading 18 games.

Hunter Mense had Greensboro’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 – Cory Madden (4-0); Loss – Fernando Abad (1-6); Save – None
Time – 2:26; Attendance – 4,478
*****from Justin Stottlemyre Hopper’s media assistant*****