Omega Sports Report:Hoppers’ Jacob Gonzalez stays hot as he and Matt Gorski produce eighth inning HR’s that help lift Grasshoppers over Hickory Crawdads

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Final from Sunday afternoon at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, N.C.:
Greensboro Grasshoppers 4, Hickory Crawdads 3

Hoppers' line: 4-13-2
Crawdads' line:3- 9-1

Hopper hitters:Matt Gorski and Jacob Gonzalez both hit solo home runs in the top of the eighth inning, as the GSO Hoppers used those back-to-back HR’s to move ahead 4-3, and that is how the game ended, with the Grasshoppers on top…Jacob Gonzalez stayed hot as a Hopper, going 3-4 at the plate, and the home run he hit was his third in five games as a Greensboro Grasshopper, and Gonzalez is now batting .632, after his first week with the Grasshoppers…Gonzalez also added a stolen base for Greensboro on Sunday…The HR by Gorski was his ninth of the season, and his RBI total climbed to 26 on the year, as Matt Gorski was 1-5 in Sunday’s game, at Hickory…

More Hopper hitters:Hudson Head 2-4/Double/Run/RBI…Abrahan Gutierrez 2-4/RBI…Yoyner Fajardo 2-5/Triple/Run/SB…Claudio Finol 1-4/Triple…Sammy Siani 1-4…Dariel Lopez 1-4…The Hoppers did not draw a single walk on Sunday, which is unusual in some ways…

Michell Miliano worked one inning, the seventh, to earn the win for the Hoppers…No runs, no hits, no walks, and one strikeout by Miliano to get the victory…Thomas Saggese remained hot at the plate for Hickory going 2-4, and the same for Keyber Rodriguez, 2-4/Run, Scott Kapers 2-4/Double/Run, while Cristian Inoa was 2-5/RBI for the Crawdads…

Hickory with all three of their runs coming in the fifth inning, and the Hoppers scored twice in the first and eighth innings of the contest…

Time of Game-2:43
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Back-to-back homers lift Hoppers to series split
Matt Gorski and Jacob Gonzalez hit home runs in 8th inning in Greensboro’s comeback win

HICKORY ? Matt Gorski and Jacob Gonzalez hit back-to-back solo home runs in the eighth inning, lifting the Greensboro Grasshoppers to a 4-3 comeback victory over the Hickory Crawdads at L.P. Frans Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

With Hickory ahead 3-2, losing pitcher Tristan Polley (3-2) relieved Marc Church to start the top of the eighth. Gorski led off the with a game-tying home run over the center-field fence. Gonzalez then lined a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left field for the go-ahead run.

Abrahan Gutierrez doubled, but he was stranded when Polley got the next three batters in order.

Greensboro’s bullpen held the lead. Right-hander Michell Miliano (1-0) struck out one in a scoreless seventh inning, and Jack Carey struck out two in a scoreless eighth. Lefty Tyler Samaniego struck out three of the five batters he faced in the ninth to earn his second save.

Gonzalez continued his torrid start in Greensboro with a 3-for-4 day. He has hits in all five games played since joining the Hoppers on Tuesday, going 12-for-19 (.632) with three home runs and seven RBIs.

For Gorski, the home run was his ninth of the season. Gorski ranks second in the South Atlantic League with 25 runs scored, third in both home runs and RBIs, and 10th in stolen bases (9). Gorski has hits in five of his last six games, and he has been on base in 28 of 31 games played.

Greensboro’s Hudson Head went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in the first inning. Head, a 21-year-old outfielder rated by MLB Pipeline as the No. 22 prospect in Pittsburgh’s farm system, has hits in nine of his last 10 games. He has reached base in 15 of his last 16 games.

Lead-off hitter Yoyner Fajardo went 2-for-5 with a triple, a stolen base and a run scored, and Gutierrez was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The Hoppers (14-18) return home this week to host a six-game series against defending league champion Bowling Green (20-12) at First National Bank Field.

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