from Bill Hass, with Bill on Baseball(Greensboro Grasshoppers) at www.gsohoppers.com:
Hagerstown deals Hoppers fourth straight loss
Positives are hard to find for the Greensboro Grasshoppers right now.
Hagerstown dealt the Hoppers a 9-4 loss Monday night, extending their woes in NewBridge Bank Park. Greensboro has lost four straight on this home stand by a combined score of 33-12. The Hoppers are 6-13 at home for the season and have lost 10 of their last 11 here.
At the moment, they’re not getting it done on the mound or at the plate. Pitching continued to be a problem Monday, once again putting the offense in a deep hole. Dejai Oliver gave up five runs (four earned) in four innings and Dane Stone was tagged for four runs in the sixth as the Suns surged ahead 9-0.
“If we keep the score 5-0, we have a better shot because we scored some runs,” said manager Jorge Hernandez. “Those four in the sixth really hurt us. Stone has been really good, too.”
The Hoppers managed to come back with four runs in the final four innings, but those were mainly cosmetic. Early on, they couldn’t take advantage of opportunities to score. They even bunched four hits in the third inning without getting a run.
Things are going so badly for the offense that Matt Juengel, the team’s most consistent hitter to date, twice made the final out with the bases loaded and also hit into a double play.
When the Hoppers did score, once was on a fielder’s choice and another on a bases-loaded walk. The only runs driven in with hits were by Jesus Solorzano and Mike Vaughn.
Mason Hope, who won the first game of the home stand, gets the start in the second game of the series Tuesday at 7 p.m.