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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Greensboro Grasshoppers dropped the first game of its away series against the Asheville tourists, 6-4 on Tuesday, May 16. The Tourists moved to 13-19 on the season while the Grasshoppers fell to 20-14. Both teams tallied eight hits while Asheville had two errors.
Leading at the dish for the Grasshoppers was Wyatt Hendrie going 2-3 with a home run, a double, one RBI, and one run scored. Following close behind was Jase Bowen going 2-4. Tsung-Che Cheng and Tres Gonzalez also recorded home runs for Greensboro.
Starting on the mound for Greensboro was right-handed pitcher Braxton Ashcraft as he tallied three strikeouts and gave up one hit in three innings of work. Will Kobos took the loss for the Grasshoppers and moved to 2-1 on the season. Mitchell Miller had his first blown save as he gave up the winning homerun for the Tourists in the bottom of the ninth.
Deylen Miley recorded the win for the Tourists and moved to 1-1 on the season.
The Grasshoppers continue their away series tomorrow, Wednesday, May 17 in Ashville, N.C. For all information on Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball visit www.gsohoppers.com or follow us on social media @gsohoppers.
Time of Game-2:31
Melton’s Walk-Off Homer Caps Comeback Win
Tourists Erase Four-Run Deficit to beat Grasshoppers 6-4
ASHEVILLE- The Asheville Tourists had two runners on with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, trailing the Greensboro Grasshoppers 4-3. Jacob Melton fell behind in the count 0-2 before parking a three-run Moon Shot Homer over the right-centerfield wall. Melton’s blast gave the Tourists a 6-4 victory; Asheville’s first walk-off win of the season.
The Tourists fell behind in the game 4-0 when the Grasshoppers hit three Home Run in the first two innings. Asheville’s starting pitcher, Valente Bellozo, really settled in after the barrage and he retired 11 of the last 13 batters he faced. That kept the Tourists in the game.
Deylen Miley picked up where Bellozo left off. Miley worked four shutout innings out of the bullpen and earned his first win of the season. Asheville’s offense came to life while Miley was shutting down Greensboro.
Ryan Clifford opened the scoring for the Tourists with a two-run Home Run to dead centerfield in the bottom of the seventh. The next inning, Miguel Palma cut the deficit to one with a Sacrifice Fly to centerfield that plated Zach Dezenzo.
Collin Price and Kobe Kato worked back-to-back walks to open the bottom of the ninth. The Grasshoppers then made a pitching change with Melton coming to the plate. The Tourists outfielder responded by delivering his third Home Run in as many games.
Asheville and Greensboro will face off in Game Two of the current series with an Education Day contest on Wednesday. The first pitch is slated for 11:05am ET.