Final from Friday evening at First National Bank Field:
Greensboro Grasshoppers 2, Greenville Drive 1
Hoppers' line:2-7-4 Drive' line: 1-4-0
Hoppers’ hitters:Matt Frazier 1-4/RBI…Aaron Shackleford 2-3…Fabricio Macias 1-3/Run…(Macias finishes the game with a team-leading batting average of .336)…Jared Triolo 1-2/BB…LoLo Sanchez 1-2/BB…Francisco Acuna 1-3/Double/Run…
Just seven hits for the Hoppers and several Hoppers only had three at-bats, and that just shows you how good the pitching was on Friday night…The offensive story was the same on both sides, as the last four batters in the Greenville Drive lineup only had three plate appearances each….
Both sides had very good pitching on Friday evening….No walks and five strikeouts from the Hoppers’ pitching staff…..The Hoppers’ pitching staff faced 32 Greenville Drive batters and induced 11 groundouts and eight flyouts…
The Hoppers’ starter Braxton Ashcraft worked three innings and he gave up no runs on one hit, with 0 BB’s and two K’s…Middle reliever Steven Jennings went four innings to get the Win, and he allowed one run, on three hits, with 0 BB’s/2 K’s…Short reliever Will Kobos worked just one inning, giving up 0 runs, on 0 hits with 0 BB’s and 1 strikeout…Closer Oliver Garcia pitched the ninth inning to get the Save, and Garcia threw up all zeros, with 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 BB’s and 0 K’s….Ashcraft with the Start, Jennings with the Win, Kobos with the Hold, and Garcia with the Save on Friday night….(All four Hopper pitchers contributing to the win/victory on Friday evening.)
The Hoppers’ pitching staff would be the Players of the Game on Friday night, with NO walks, tons of ground balls/groundouts and flyouts, and a game that went just two hours and twenty-three minutes…Just a beautiful time, in the old Gate City town tonight…Game temp was a very pleasant 74 degrees, with no humidity to speak of…Those Hopper pitchers, and the Drive pitching staff too, led by their starter Chase Shugart, who went five and a-third innings, the pitchers got us home early, and allowed us to leave for home, with a win, on Friday night….
Time of Game/TOG-2:23
The Hoppers now lead the 6-game series with the Drive, 3-1…..
It will be Hoppers and Drive together again for Game Five on Saturday night at First National Bank Field…Set to go for the Hoppers will be RHP Carmen Mlodzinski and ready to go and throw for the Drive will be, LHP Jay Groome….Game time is 6:30pm and you can Listen Live to the game when you CLICK HERE…..Pregame around 6:10pm, and the first pitch will come in at around 6:30pm….