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The Greensboro Grasshoppers fell again on Sunday at Asheville, as the Tourists took down down the Hoppers for the sixth straight time, with Sunday’s game being the tightest of them all, as the Grasshoppers fall, 10-9, to the Tourists at McCormick Field…The Tourists pull of the six-game sweep of Greensboro, to grab the series, and on Sunday afternoon, the Hoppers would not go away soon, as they took a 9-8 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning, and then Asheville posted two big runs to move out in front, 10-9, and the Tourists go on to win this one, and improve to (18-19) on the season…The Hoppers have now lost eight straight games, and now sit at (20-19) for 2023…
The Grasshoppers pounded out 14 hits on Sunday, and they saw Tsung-Che Cheng, Jackson Glenn, and Will Matthiessen all go 3-5 at the plate….The Hoppers had their hitting shoes on, but the Tourists hit four home runs in the contest, and they were laying smoke on the Hopper pitchers….For Asheville, Ryan Clifford homered twice, both solos from Clifford, Logan Cerny came up with a solo blast, and Jacob Melton connected on a two-run HR in the bottom of that fateful eighth inning, to give the home team the boost they needed to take down the Grasshoppers…
Greensboro got two long balls on the afternoon, with Will Matthiessen and Sammy Siani both going deep for the Hoppers….Matthiessen had a double to go along with his HR, plus the Hoppers also got a double, off of the bat of Tres Gonzalez…Jase Bowen drove in two runs to take him up to 30 RBI, while Jackson Glenn produced his 27th run batted in for the season…
Nine runs on the day should have been enough for the Grasshoppers, but with Melton’s two-run home run in the eighth inning off of Santiago Florez, this turned out to be another one of those disappointing endings, that have plagued Greensboro on this road trip…Got to find a way to finish, and be able to close these games out…
For the day, Florez(2-1) ends up with the blown save, and the loss, while Asheville’s Valente Bellozo(2-1) finishes with the win, and he also gets credited with a blown save…
Final Score:Asheville Tourists 10, Greensboro Grasshoppers 9
WP:Valente Bellozo(2-1)/LP:Santiago Florez(2-1)
Asheville- 10-11-1 Greensboro- 9-14-1
Time of Game-2:37
Game Time Temp-72 degrees at 1:09pm
(The Hoppers out-hit the Tourists, 14-11 on Sunday, but the Tourists out-homered the Hoppers, 4-2.)
Up Next:Bowling Green Hot Rods at the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Tuesday at 6:30pm…It will be Two Dog Tuesdays, and it will be great to see the Greensboro Grasshoppers back home at First National Bank Field…Hoppers with a much-needed OFF DAY on Monday….
Win Streak Hits Seven as Asheville Completes Sweep
ASHEVILLE– The Yacumamas de Asheville completed a stunning six-game sweep of the Greensboro Grasshoppers with a 10-9 win on Sunday afternoon. All six wins in the series were by two runs or less. The Yacumamas have won seven in a row overall and the team is receiving contributions across the board.
Today the deciding blow was a Jacob Melton two-run Home Run in the bottom of the eighth that turned a 9-8 deficit into a 10-9 lead. Ryan Clifford hit two Home Runs and Logan Cerny belted a solo blast as well. Ryan Wrobleski went 2-for-4 with three RBI and Tim Borden II had a clutch two-out RBI single late in the game.
Asheville plated the first two runs of the contest before the back and forth began. Greensboro answered with the game’s next three runs to take a 3-2 lead. Clifford’s first Home Run tied the game and the Yacumamas then reeled off five more to take an 8-3 advantage.
The visitors rallied back with a five-run seventh inning and a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth recaptured the lead; however, Melton’s 431-foot Home Run to centerfield in the bottom of the eighth proved to be the difference.
Deylen Miley worked a season-high five innings and allowed only two earned runs. Valente Bellozo pitched the final four frames and picked up the win despite surrendering the lead. Bellozo pitched a perfect top of the ninth.
Up next for Asheville is a six-game set against the Hickory Crawdads. Game One is scheduled for Tuesday night at 6:00pm ET.