from Sunday afternoon at FNB/First National Bank Field:(Brought to you by Omega Sports, “Your Neighborhood Sports Store, on Battleground Avenue, Greensboro.)
Greensboro Grasshoppers 3, Rome Braves 2
Hoppers' Line:3-9-1 Braves' Line: 2-3-1
Steak n Shake Players of the Game for the GSO Hoppers:Nick Garcia went three innings on the mound for the Hoppers giving up 0 Runs/0 Hits/1 BB/5 K’s and Sammy Siani at the plate, with 2 hits(2-3, with single and double) and 2 stolen bases/BB/Run….
Time of Game-2:34
The Greensboro Grasshoppers will begin a six-game series on Tuesday, at the Winston-Salem Dash…..
from Jeff Mills, at www.gsohoppers.com:
GREENSBORO ? In the light of day, on the first sunny Sunday afternoon game of the season, the Greensboro Grasshoppers found the kind of pitching they lacked the two dark nights before.
?Santiago Florez? and three relievers combined to shut down Rome’s offense, and Greensboro closed out its opening weekend with a 3-2 victory over the Braves at First National Bank Field.
Florez gave up Bryson Horne’s two-run double with two out in the first inning, but then the big right-hander settled down and retired the next seven batters he faced.
After that, the bullpen was brilliant.
Right-hander Nick Garcia (1-0) won in relief, striking out five in three hitless innings. ?Ricky DeVito? followed with two scoreless innings, and ?Cameron Junker? retired all three men he faced in the ninth for his first save.
In all, Greensboro’s pitchers allowed just three hits, walked three and struck out 10.
?Yoyner Fajardo? made his first start of the season for the Hoppers, and he drove in the go-ahead run in the second inning.
?Sammy Siani? led off with a single, stole second base and scored on Fajardo’s two-out single to left field.
The Hoppers responded to Horne’s two-run double with two runs of their own in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, ?Henry Davis? reached on a pop-fly single, a ball lost in the sun. Greensboro took advantage. ?Abrahan Gutierrez? ripped a double down the left-field line to drive home Davis, and Jackson Glenn followed with an RBI double off the wall in right field.
Siani finished 2-for-3 with two stolen bases, and Glenn went 2-for-4 with his RBI double.
With the win, the Hoppers rebounded from back-to-back losses to start the new South Atlantic League season.