Omega Sports Report:Greensboro Grasshoppers fall in final game for this week at Asheville(Tourists take it on Sunday afternoon, 8-4)

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from Sunday afternoon at McCormick Field, in Asheville, N.C.:
Asheville Tourists 8, Greensboro Grasshoppers 4

Tourists' line:8-15-0
Hoppers' line: 4-8- 0

You hate to see your hometown team, or any team for that matter, lose two games in a-row, by the same exact score, but that is what has happened to the Greensboro Grasshoppers this weekend, in Asheville…Hoppers fall to the Tourists, 8-4, on Saturday night, and then Greensboro goes down by the very same 8-4 score, on Sunday afternoon…After five innings, GSO led ASHE, 4-2, but then in the bottom of the seventh inning, as has been the case late in previous games this week, Asheville powered home six runs in that 7th frame, and the Tourists go on to win the game, 8-4…It was six runs in the bottom of the 8th inning on Saturday for the Tourists, and they find ways to beat you in the later stages of these ball games….

Luis Santana with the big blow for ASHE in that 7th inning, as he connected for a three-run home run…Chad Stevens also homered for the Tourists on Sunday….Stevens and Quincy Hamilton both were 3-5 for Asheville, with Stevens full line showing 3-5/HR/2 Runs/3 RBI…

Greensboro pitching gave up 15 hits and that won’t help your cause much either, when the opposing team is making your pitches a Sunday afternoon buffet…

For the Greensboro hitters, Jack Herman and Fabricio Macias both went 2-4 on Sunday and between them, they had half of the Hoppers hits…Herman 2-4/HR/Run/2 RBI…Macias 2-4/Double/Run/2 RBI…

As for the Hoppers’ pitching, the Grasshoppers went through five, and nobody ever really came alive on Sunday….

More details on this game to follow, later on this evening…Most of the wrap is in, but we may have a few more trimmings to touch base on, tonight….

Time of Game-2:37

Hoppers lose series finale, settle for split with Tourists
Jack Herman hits two-run homer, but Greensboro cannot hold lead

from Jeff Mills, with

ASHEVILLE ? Left fielder ?Jack Herman? hit his third home run of the season to stake the Greensboro Grasshoppers to a 4-1 lead, but the Asheville Tourists rallied for an 8-4 victory in their series finale at McCormick Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Tourists scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, roughing up losing pitcher ?Cameron Junker? (2-1) for four earned runs. Junker, a right-hander who has been one of the most reliable relievers in the Hoppers’ bullpen, gave up hits to all four batters he faced including a two-run home run to Asheville’s Luis Santana.

Chad Stevens went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs for the Tourists (17-27), who salvaged a split in the six-game series with Greensboro (20-24).

Herman went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and ?Fabricio Macias? Fabricio Macias finished 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.

Endy Rodriguez went 1-for-4 and has hit safely in six of his last seven games. The switch-hitting Rodgriguez has batted .299 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in 20 games in May. He’s 16-for-48 (.333) since moving into the No. 3 slot in Greensboro’s batting order.

Rodriguez started at catcher Sunday. The versatile 21-year-old is rated by MLB Pipeline as Pittsburgh’s No. 7 prospect, and he has played four positions ? catcher, first base, second base and left field ? this season.

The Hoppers return to Greensboro this week and host a six-game series against the Wilmington Blue Rocks from Tuesday through Sunday at First National Bank Field.

Greensboro left six runners on base and went just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position, the lone hit on Macias’ two-run double in the first inning.

Hoppers’ hitting coach Ruben Gotay was ejected by plate umpire Rusty Griffin in the fourth inning.

Center fielder ?Sammy Siani? batted in the leadoff spot and went 0-for-3 with two walks. Siani’s ninth stolen base tied him for the team lead with Matt Gorski, who was promoted to Class-AA Altoona after last Sunday’s game.

Hoppers regulars Jacob Gonzalez, ?Hudson Head? and ?Yoyner Fajardo? all got the day off in Sunday afternoon’s series finale.

?Abrahan Gutierrez? went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored. The catcher/first baseman has hits in four of his last five games.

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