South Atlantic League Baseball already in the book from Wednesday afternoon:
Wednesday night SAL score:Delmarva Shorebirds 3, Kannapolis Intimidators 0
DEL(44-14)…..Delmarva Shorebirds now have a 6 game lead over the Greensboro Grasshoppers, for First Place in the SAL’s Northern Division…
SAL from Wednesday afternoon:
Charleston RiverDogs 2, Greensboro Grasshoppers 1
WP:Wellington Diaz(3-1)/LP:Braeden Ogle(1-1)
TOG-2:23/Attendance 2,508 at Greensboro’s First National Bank Field
Dogs' Line: 2-4-0 Hoppers' Line:1-5-0
Solo Home Run for the RiverDogs’ Mickey Gasper(4) in the 7th Inning and a Solo HR by the Dogs’ Canaan Smith(5), in the top of the ninth inning, which proved to be the Game-Winner….Both HR’s coming off of the Grasshoppers Braeden Ogle, and the loss by Greensboro spoiled a stellar pitching effort by the Hoppers starter, Osvaldo Bido, who went six innings, giving up 0 Runs, on just one Charleston hit, while Bido walked one RiverDog batter, Bido racked up ten(10) big strikeouts, to keep the Charleston RiverDogs under control and at bay, all afternoon long….Quite a show by Bido today and he had his stuff working, and the ‘Dogs really couldn’t touch Bido on this Wednesday…
The long balls by Gasper and Smith were crushing blows, and for Smith it was his second homer of the Three-Game Series with Greensboro, with Smith having smacked a three-run shot to right field, in the ‘Dogs 4-3 victory at First National Bank Field, back on Monday night….
For the Three-Game Series with Charleston, the RiverDogs take the series, Two-games-to-One, and for the Seven-Game homestand, the Greensboro Grasshoppers close it out today, (4-3) overall…..
Another thorn in the Hoppers side, is the fact that this puts the Greenboro bunch another half-game back of Delmarva, and the Hoppers trail the Delmarva Shorebirds in the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division by 5 1/2 games, now with just 12 games left for the Hoppers in the First Half….Delmarva is at Kannapolis for a 7pm game tonight, with the Shorebirds facing the Kannapolis Intimidators….
For the Hoppers’ Wednesday offense, Connor Kaiser paced the Grasshoppers with two hits, and he scored the game’s only run for Greensboro….Kaiser came in to score on an RBI by Pat Dorrian….The Hoppers’ lone run came early in the ball game, with Kaiser scoring on the Dorrian RBI, way back in the second inning…
The 1-0 lead for GSO held up until the seventh inning, when Gasper connected for Charleston and his homer made it a 1-1 contest, and then Canaan Smith made it a RiverDog rally, when he cleared the yard in the top of the ninth inning, and in the end, that was the difference-maker that led to the Charleston RiverDogs’ victory…
Still hate the end result, after the fine effort turned in by GSO starting pitcher Osvaldo Bido, but he can possibly use today’s outing to keep the rest of his season, and especially the rest of the First Half, on course…..
Atlantic League Professional Baseball:
High Point Rockers 9, York Revolution 3
TOG-2:48/Attendance 1,389 at High Point’s BB&T Point Ballpark
Coastal Plain League:
High Point-Thomasville HiToms-POSTPONED
American Legion Baseball:
Randolph County 7, Post 53 Greensboro Red Wings 2
FINAL | GSO 2, RAN 7. The loss drops us to 2-8 and 0-5 on the year. Hopefully the long break helps us reset.
**********from Post 53 Greensboro Red Wings on Twitter:**********
Fourth Inning Pushes Streak to Seven
ASHEBORO, NC — After a disappointing outing against Davidson County last week, the Red Wings had a tough opponent to bounce back against in Randolph Post 45. In many senses, they did just that, but two specific areas of the game kept Post 53 from ending its losing streak.
The Red Wings had a scoring opportunity in the top of the first inning. Cody Donnell dropped a fly ball into shallow right field and turned it into a hustle double. An infield single from Adam Weber gave the Red Wings runners at the corners with one out and cleanup hitter Jonathan Todd up to bat. Weber stole second and thinking the throw went through, Donnell attempted to take home. He did not realize the throw had been cut off and he was hosed at the plate and with two outs and a runner at second, Todd struck out to end the inning.
Cam Edmonds started on the mound and breezed through the first two innings before stalling in the third. A one-out walk was followed by a hit by pitch. A fielder’s choice put runners at the corners with two outs. Post 45 stole second base and the runner from third scored on the throw, which sailed into center field. The runner advanced to third but the Red Wings did not get the ball in quick enough and the runner took home as well to put Post 45 ahead 2-0.
Post 53 rallied in the top of the fourth and began with a leadoff single by Clay Dilday. Luke Brown reached on an error and Dilday moved to third on the play. With one out, Matt Stanley hit a sharp single to left-center field to bring in a run and put runners at the corners again. Justin Brady recorded an RBI groundout to tie the game and the inning ended tied at two runs apiece.
The bottom of the fourth started off rough for the Red Wings as Post 45 led off with a single and a walk. Another walk followed a fly out and loaded the bases. With one out, Edmonds seemed like he might get out of the inning as he punched out the next batter. He unfortunately was not out of the inning as a double brought in two runs and a three-run inside-the-park home run by Trevor Marsh brought in three more. Edmonds finished the inning with a strikeout, but Post 53 entered the fifth trailing 7-2.
The Red Wings went quickly in the fifth and got into some trouble of the bottom of the inning. Brandon Leonard started the inning in relief and allowed back-to-back singles, but got out of it by throwing out a runner stealing and a pair of ground outs. Leonard again allowed a leadoff single in the sixth, but a double play and a ground out got him out of the inning.
Post 53 started a rally in the seventh inning, but it ultimately fell short. Three consecutive walks loaded the bases with no outs, but a strikeout and a double play ended the inning and the game.
It seems as though one or two areas of the game hurt Post 53 in their past seven contests and it was no different tonight. They did not struggle defensively as has been the case and as was magnified against Davidson–they only committed one error which is a massive improvement.
Instead, they struggled with runners in scoring position. Over seven innings, the Red Wings batted 0.154 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight total runners despite not having a one-two-three inning the entire game.
The Red Wings fall to 2-8 overall and 0-5 in the division despite showing great promise in their first three games. Hopefully they can rediscover that potential over the next week or so and regroup for their next game on June 13th.
++++++++++More scores on the way later today and while we pause for the cause, let’s look at a former BlueClaws’ player….+++++
This fella played for the Southeast Guilford Falcons, the Florida Gators, the Wilmington Crosscutters, the Lakewood BlueClaws, the Clearwater Threshers, the Salem Red Sox, the Portland Sea Dogs, and now his has taken his spot again, on the roster for the Pawtucket Red Sox….
And that would be former Southeast Guilford High School Falcon, Josh Tobias…He has played third base, second base, first base and has been the DH this season, while splitting time with the Portland Sea Dogs, and the Pawtucket Red Sox…Portland, Maine Double A, and Pawtucket, Rhode Island Triple A, for the Boston Red Sox….
Josh Tobias 2-4, with a Triple, one run scored and one RBI, on Tuesday night in the Pawtucket Red Sox’ 7-5 win, over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs….
Tobias currently riding the Triple A wave, and with Pawtucket this season Josh has played in 19 games, batting .262, with one home run and 4 RBI, plus he has a Triple, a Double and six runs scored…
Josh Tobias on the Double A level this season with the Portland Sea Dogs, working in 22 games, batting .320, with 2 HR’s and 11 RBI….Josh has 7 Doubles and scored 11 runs for Portland….
JT, just one step away from the MLB and you never know, if someone up above him at the Red Sox’ MLB level goes down, or the BoSox need to make a roster move, maybe Josh Tobias will get to make his move to major leagues….You just never know, but it is the stuff, “dreams are made of”……
**********That is our afternoon delight GreensboroSports.com update and we will have more scores for coming around, later on this evening…..That Delmarva-Kannapolis score is one we all need to watching…..**********
Late Draft Picks from Wednesday’s Third Round of the Major League Baseball Draft:
Round 25 (Chicago White Sox):Hansen Butler(P) High Point Christian Academy/High Point Central HS/North Carolina Tar Heels
Round 25 (Houston Astros):E.P. Reese(OF) North Davidson High School/Winston-Salem State University Rams
Round 30 (Chicago White Sox):Daniel Millwee(C) High Point University and brother of Joe Millwee, former infielder at Northern Guilford High School…..
Round 35 (Texas Rangers):Leon Hunter(P) North Carolina A&T Aggies