Omega Sports Greensboro Grasshoppers Report:Hoppers home on Saturday night vs. Rome Braves

Omega Sports Greensboro Grasshoppers Report
Greensboro Grasshoppers(0-1) vs. Rome Braves(1-0) TONIGHT/Saturday with the first-pitch at 6:30pm from First National Bank Field…
RHP Andrew Hoffman will be pitching for the Braves and Hoppers’ starting pitcher TBA…

Game can be heard on HERE

from Friday night at First National Bank Field courtesy of Jeff Mills, at

As the sun went down, a cool spring evening became a cold spring night.

And yet, what remained was the promise of summer.

Such is the power of opening day.

Matt Gorski hit a towering three-run home run and walked twice, leading the Greensboro Grasshoppers in a season-opening 16-6 loss to the Rome Braves on the first FANomenal Fireworks Friday night at First National Bank Field.

Maikol Escotto hit a solo shot, and top prospect Henry Davis had a two-run single for Greensboro, which drew a big crowd of 5,294 to its South Atlantic League opener.

But a solid offense — seven different Hoppers players had hits — couldn’t overcome an awful night by Greensboro’s pitchers.

Landon Stephens went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs for Rome, which pounded out 15 hits and drew 15 walks. The Braves left 15 runners on base and scored runs in all but one inning of the opener.

Right-hander Adrian Florencio (0-1), the first of six Greensboro pitchers, allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings and took the loss.

Even so, we saw enough to make us come back.

We saw an eager young black Labrador retriever named Willie Mae delight the fans by fetching bats.

We saw a fireworks show that lit up the cold night sky.

And off in the distance, we saw a glimpse of the summer to come.