RE/MAX Revolution Report:Greensboro Grasshoppers with one-run win at Greenville, as Ross and Ordonez homer/Matthiessen with two Doubles, plus more Doubles from Dixon, Cheng and Ross(Hoppers with 15 total hits)/Hoppers over Drive, 6-5, in 10 Innings

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Final from Thursday night in Greenville, South Carolina:
Greensboro Grasshoppers 6, Greenville Drive 5
WP:Cy Nielson/LP:Alex Hoppe(1-4)

Drive-  5- 9-0

Greensboro Grasshoppers(33-25)
Greenville Drive(33-27)

Greensboro Grasshoppers pounded out 15 hits which resulted in home runs from Shawn Ross and Ernny Ordonez, plus two Doubles from Will Matthiessen, and one Double each from Ross, Tsung-Che Cheng, and Brenden Dixon…Cheng goes 4-5/Double/Run, Dixon 3-4/Double/Run, Will Matthiessen 2-4/2 Doubles, Shawn Ross 2-5/HR/Double/2 RBI, Tres Gonzalez 2-5/Run, Ernny Ordonez 1-5/HR/2 RBI, Jase Bowen 1-5/Run, Mike Jarvis 0-5/Run…That’s six runs on a lot of hits(15) right there…

The leading Greenville Drive hitters were Blaze Jordan 2-5/HR/Double/4 RBI…Eduardo Lopez 2-4/RBI…Roman Anthony 2-5/Run…

Grasshoppers pitching struck out 12 Drive batters and walked one, while for the Drive, they struck out 13 Hopper batters and also walked just one…Hoppers’ winning pitcher Cy Nielson worked two innings for Greensboro, as he was on the hill for the ninth and tenth innings, allowing one run, on three hits, with no walks, and three strikeouts…Nielson ended up with the blown save, and the win in this contest…Hoppers’ Braxton Ashcraft got the start and he went four innings, giving up 3 runs, on five hits, with one walk and four K’s…Jaycob Deese and Grant Ford both were on the bump for two innings of work, with Deese going the fifth and the six innings, and Ford working the seventh and the eighth…We have to remember, this baby went 10 Innings…

In the top of the tenth inning, with Jase Bowen on board at second base, as the Greensboro Grasshoppers ghost runner, Shawn Ross doubles to Roman Anthony in center field, and the Hoppers’ Ross scores Bowen from second base, and the Hoppers had the go-ahead run, and with their now 6-5 lead, the Grasshoppers had what proved to be the game-winning run…Ross with the game-winning RBI, and Bowen with the game-winning run…Getting it done, in the top of the tenth inning, and Hoppers go on to win again…

In the bottom of the tenth inning, Greensboro’s pitcher Cy Nielson struck out Greenville’s Roman Anthony, Edwin Paulino, and Blaze Jordan, and Nielson got all three of them on strikeouts swinging…The Greenville Drive’s ghost runner Karson Simas, was awarded third base, after a balk by Nielson, but other than that in the tenth, no problem, and business as usual…

Game Details:
Time of Game-2:223
Game Time Temp-80 degrees at 7:07pm

Drive fall 6-5 to ‘Hoppers in extras

The Greenville Drive (33-27) fell in a heartbreaker to the Greensboro Grasshoppers (32-25) 6-5 in 10 innings Thursday night, coming up short in the back-and-forth affair at Fluor Field. But despite the loss, the Drive remain a 0.5 game back of the Winston-Salem Dash for first place in the South Atlantic League South Division standings as the Asheville Tourists dispatched the Dash, 16-3.

The Drive’s Blaze Jordan turned in a good night at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a double and home run for 4 RBI, bolstering the Drive’s efforts all game. He didn’t wait long to make his presence felt, sending a two-out blast over the left center field wall to give the Drive an early 1-0 lead in the first inning he’d follow up with a double down the left field line scoring Alex Erro and Roman Anthony to make it 3-0 in the third.

Unlike the past few teams to face starter Isaac Coffey, the ‘Hoppers seemed to find a rhythm at the plate, notching nine hits (the most Coffey has given up all year) and three runs in Coffey’s 5.2 innings of work.

The ‘Hoppers runs would come courtesy of a wild pitch from Coffey in the fourth and a Ernny Ordonez two-run homer in the fifth, knotting the game at 3-3. But again, Jordan would provide another RBI in the bottom of the fifth; this time off a groundout that was enough to score Paulino, giving the Drive a 4-3 lead.

Coffey would be relieved after two outs in the sixth as reliever Jordan DiValerio took over. Coffey would finish the night with eight strikeouts. The ‘Hoppers knotted the game in the seventh off DiValerio on a grounder to third base that got the runner at second but couldn’t be turned in time to get the inning ending double-play.

Greensboro would take the lead in the eighth as Shawn Ross homered on a fly ball to left center field, making it 5-4. But the Drive didn’t go quietly as they pounced in the bottom of the ninth, as three consecutive singles, the last from Eduardo Lopez brought Tyler Miller home for the tying run.

The ‘Hoppers, however, would be the benefactors in extras as a leadoff double from Shawn Ross scored the ghost runner from second giving the ‘Hoppers a 6-5 lead. The Drive would get ghost runner, Karson Simas to third on balk but would fail to get him home for the tying run, giving the ‘Hoppers a 6-5 victory.

Up Next:
The Drive (Boston Red Sox) return to action tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. at Fluor Field for game four of the six-game series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Pittsburgh Pirates.) The series favors the ‘Hoppers, 2-1.