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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Greensboro Grasshoppers dropped to the Asheville Tourists 9-7 on Friday, May 19. The Tourists improved to 16-19 on the season while the Grasshoppers fell to 20-17. Asheville outhit Greensboro 10-7 with two Tourists’ mishaps.
Leading at the dish for the Grasshoppers was Wyatt Hendrie going 2-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Tsung-Che Cheng tallied a home run as Mike Jarvis recorded a triple.
Starting on the mound for Greensboro was right-handed pitcher Bubba Chandler as he tallied one strikeout and gave up three hits, four earned runs, and five free bases on 2.1 innings of work. Mitchell Miller took the loss for the Grasshoppers and moved to 3-2 on the season.
Ronny Garcia recorded the win for the Tourists and moved to 2-0 on the season.
The Grasshoppers continue their away series tomorrow, Saturday, May 20 in Asheville, N.C. For all information on Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball visit www.gsohoppers.com or follow us on social media @gsohoppers.
*********A few game notes for you…The Hoppers out-hit the Tourists again, this time it was 10-7…Hoppers pitchers struck out 10 Tourist batters, but they also walked 10 Tourists…The Greensboro Grasshoppers were down 6-1 in the game, before Tsung-Che Cheng came to the plate in the top of the seventh inning…With the score moving to 6-2 ASHE, and the Hoppers down by four runs, Cheng hit a Grand Slam home run to tie the game up at 6-6….Mike Jarvis tripled in the game for the Grasshoppers…Greensboro has now lost six straight games, going back to the final two games of the Jersey Shore series…You might say the Greensboro Grasshoppers are a streaky team this season…The Hoppers had won five games in-row, before they hit this current six-game skid….Attendance at the Friday night affair there in Asheville, was an impressive 4,010 fans at McCormick Field…To the Tourists credit, they got themselves a Grand Slam HR, off of the bat of Michael Sandle, in the third inning…Same two teams getting ready to do it again, in Asheville, at McCormick Field on Saturday night, at 6:05pm…..**********
Tourists Win Fifth Straight With 9-7 Triumph over Grasshoppers
Sandle Crushes a Grand Slam; Knorr Strikes Out Nine
ASHEVILLE– The Asheville Tourists defeated the Greensboro Grasshoppers 9-7 on Friday night for their fifth consecutive victory. The Tourists held a 6-1 lead before the Grasshoppers rallied to tie the game late. Asheville bounced back with one final rally and picked up the win.
Michael Sandle opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning with a 400-foot Grand Slam to left field. The blast put the Tourists in front 4-0 and that was plenty of support for starting pitcher Michael Knorr.
The right-hander pitched 4.2 innings, allowed only one hit, struck out nine, and did not give up a run. Kasey Ford retired the final batter of the fifth and Edinson Batista entered the game in the sixth.
The Grasshoppers scored an unearned run off Batista but the Tourists countered with a Miguel Palma Sacrifice Fly and a Ryan Clifford RBI single. The 6-1 lead was then erased in the top of the seventh on a Greensboro RBI single and then a game-tying Grand Slam.
With the contest knotted up 6-6, Asheville recaptured the lead in the bottom of the eighth. Palma clubbed an RBI double to score Zach Dezenzo from first. A few batters later, Tommy Sacco Jr. connected with a two-run single. The Grasshoppers plated one in the ninth but a flyout ended their rally.
Dezenzo reached base five times, scored three runs, and stole three bases to pace the offense. Zach is batting .404 which leads the South Atlantic League. Ronny Garcia pitched the final two innings and earned his second win of the season.